‘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 27: Psychosis
Presenting Symptoms of Psychotic Process
It is important to note that this concept is not in itself a diagnostic category, nor does it refer only to the specific condition known as ‘schizophrenia’. The term psychosis is used to describe a psychological process in which the person is withdrawn from normal contact, is experiencing reality in a distorted way and is unable to communicate clearly with others. His behaviour may be bizarre or inappropriate; speech and affect may be disturbed; there are sometimes delusions, hallucinations, strange thought patterns and disorientation with memory loss. This state of mind can be present in association with other forms of disturbance, or it may be an isolated temporary condition. It is not unusual for someone who is depressed to go ...