‘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 29: An Introduction to Client-Centred Pre-Therapy
An Introduction to Client-Centred Pre-Therapy
Garry Prouty's ‘pre-therapy’ (Prouty 1976; 1994; Prouty Van Werde and Pörtner (forthcoming)) is well suited as a source of inspiration and a departure point for highly concrete client-therapist interaction.
Pre-therapy is a client-centred theory and methodology designed for [Page 121]work with clients whose ability to establish and maintain contact is impaired. ‘Contact’ is a broad concept encompassing the client's ability to make contact with reality, with other people and with his own affective self. Pre-therapy has been documented and applied to mentally retarded populations (Prouty 1976; Van Werde, 1990; Peters, 1999), acute psychosis (Van Werde, 1989), chronic schizophrenics (Prouty, 1994), people with multiple personality (Roy, 1991), trauma (Coffeng, 1996) and crisis intervention (Prouty and Kubiak, 1988). The ...