‘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 3: What is Involved in Offering Wider Contracts to Clients?
What is Involved in Offering Wider Contracts to Clients?
Box 3.1: Philip and Michelle
The following presents the thoughts of the person-centred counsellor, Philip, about his work with the client, Michelle.
Visiting a client in the middle of the night is not a common occurrence, but sometimes it is necessary. This was to be my third session with Michelle in the last 24 hours. While I was physically tired I was content that this crisis work was an important part of the therapeutic process. Working with clients once a week is sufficient for most, but when a client is in desperate crisis that pattern of attention is simply not enough. In a once-a-week session with a client much of ...