‘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 28: Personality Disorder
Presenting Symptoms of Personality Disorder
The Training Guide of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic Statistical Manual of mental disorders (Reid and Wise, 1989) describes the category of personality disorder in terms of chronic maladaptive personality characteristics causing subjective distress or significant impairment of the person's ability to function as a social being. These characteristics represent enduring patterns of perceiving, relating to and thinking about oneself and the environment. They are characteristic of both recent as well as long-term functioning and must have been present at least since early adulthood. [Page 117]Clients with a personality disorder may express feelings of dissatisfaction with their functioning or their relationships, but they do not complain of a ‘disorder’ in itself. They see their unhappiness or dissatisfaction as being ...