‘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 22: Be Aware of and Beware the Dynamics of Self-Concept Change
Be Aware of and Beware the Dynamics of Self-Concept Change
To understand the therapeutic process from a person-centred framework it is necessary to comprehend the dynamics which are involved in self-concept change. Inexperienced counsellors may be confused by the uneven nature of the therapeutic process where the client shows periods of movement but also times of apparent ‘stuckness’ and even regression. If the counsellor does not understand the nature of the self-concept change process within counselling there is a danger that she will not be able to offer a consistent relationship. An example of this is where the client enters a period of apparent ‘stuckness’ in the therapeutic relationship and the counsellor, not realising the significance of ...