‘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 24: Trouble-Shooting ‘Stuckness’ within the Therapeutic Process
Trouble-Shooting ‘Stuckness’ within the Therapeutic Process
‘Stuckness’ is a hypothetical construct used to denote a state within the therapeutic process when the client does not appear to be moving, preparing for movement or consolidating after movement (Mearns, 1992b).
The issue of ‘stuckness’ in the therapeutic process was introduced in chapter 7 of Person-Centred Counselling in Action (Mearns and Thorne, 1999). The present section seeks to add to the exploration of this multifaceted phenomenon.
Mearns and Thorne (1999: 154) offer some focusing questions for the counsellor who suspects ‘stuckness’ in the therapeutic process. Three of these questions provide a framework for ‘trouble-shooting’ ‘stuckness’:
- Are we indeed stuck, or am I misperceiving the process through my own impatience, or perhaps because I expect the ...