‘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 21: Assisting the Client's Focusing
Assisting the Client's Focusing
Section 19 emphasised the value of achieving the right ‘power dynamic’ for person-centred working. That is a pivotal issue in the work: if the right power dynamic is achieved then the client will retain responsibility for himself and the counsellor can be as assertive as she likes without fear of the client being over-awed. In this regard Section 20 is cautionary because it points to the opposite situation, where the client's locus of evaluation is so externalised that the counsellor must be aware of how easy it would be for her own power to over-awe and mislead the client. In both these situations the counsellor needs to be able to help the client to focus on his own ...