‘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 30: Dealing with the Possibility of Psychotic Content in a Seemingly Congruent Communication
Dealing with the Possibility of Psychotic Content in a Seemingly Congruent Communication
In practical working with, for example, psychiatric hospital patients, it can be difficult to be sure whether the patient is communicating from a psychotic reality or a shared reality. Prouty's pre-therapy reflections provide a useful framework for response because they are both meaningful in terms of a shared reality and also effective in helping the client to restore congruent communication from an initially psychotic reality. The following example gives some detail on how this method of communication offers a considerable resource to psychiatric nursing and medical staff (see also Van Werde and Prouty, 1992), but it can also be learned by ...