‘This is a useful book for those who use person-centred counselling in their practice, or who are training to become person-centred counsellors’ - Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Developing Person-Centred Counselling
Second Edition is designed to help counsellors improve their skills within the person-centred approach. Written by Dave Mearns, leading person-centred expert and bestselling author, the Second Edition has been fully revised and updated taking account of developments in person-centred practice.
With new chapters on growth and transference, the book covers the subjects which are central to person-centred training:
the core conditions; therapeutic alliance; development of the counsellor; therapeutic process; the person-centred approach in relation to psychopathology.
Supported by case material and examples from practice, each part of the book presents the counsellor with practical, and often challenging ideas, which encourage him/her to think carefully about his/her practice and how to improve it.
Developing Person-Centred Counselling, Second Edition is a highly practical and inspiring resource for trainees and practitioners alike.
Chapter 2: Offering the Client an Engagement at ‘Relational Depth’
Offering the Client an Engagement at ‘Relational Depth’
Doing a counselling ‘demo’ in front of 30 course members and a video camera adds something of an ‘edge’ to the activity. The public arena was not particularly conducive to intimate relating but what I wanted to do was to offer the ‘client’, Terry, a quality of engagement that might allow him to meet me at ‘relational depth’. It is this depth of relating that distinguishes the person-centred approach from others. It is qualitatively different from work that is focused upon ‘transference’, which occurs at a much more superficial level of relationship (Mearns, 2002a). If the client feels convinced of the counsellor's ability and willingness to meet him at relational depth ...