‘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 23: Confronting the Client
Confronting the Client
Western culture is not very sophisticated when it comes to ‘confrontation’. We tend to assume that a confrontation is like a battle: a noisy affair with winners and losers. This presumption fits one dictionary definition of confrontation: ‘to face in hostility or defiance’. However, other dictionary definitions include ‘to bring face to face’/‘to compare’/‘to juxtapose one view with another’. This latter group of definitions is more reflective of confrontation in person-centred counselling. The most effective confrontations are not even noticed as such, but they have their impact in encouraging the client to compare one construction with another. As described in Section 22, person-centred counselling has the effect of creating or increasing dissonance within the rigid and defended self-concept. Confrontation of different ...