‘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 25: The Person-Centred Perspective on Psychopathology: The Neurotic Client
The Person-Centred Perspective on Psychopathology: The Neurotic Client
Person-centred theory is sometimes criticised for not giving enough attention to the development of psychopathology and to the specific issues arising from it in therapy. Indeed, person-centred counselling does not prescribe specific treatments for different disorders and it has avoided the use of diagnostic language. The person-centred counsellor endeavours to understand the specific conflicts of the individual client rather than to see the client as representing a broader category (Mearns, 1997a: 143).
Person-centred counselling has much to offer in the mental health field, but in order to develop its potential in this important area of practice it is imperative that counsellors seek to articulate with the language and the frame of ...