‘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 4: Extend the Core Conditions to the Whole of Your Client – Introducing ‘Configurations’ of Self
Extend the Core Conditions to the Whole of Your Client – Introducing ‘Configurations’ of Self
The person-centred discipline of attending to the client as a ‘whole’ person is sometimes misunderstood as implying that the person-centred counsellor should relate to the wholeness of the client and should not attend to the elements and dynamics within the personality. If a person-centred counsellor worked from that misconception she would learn that it reduced her ability to work at depth with many clients. That especially applies to the client for whom the forces within his self have effectively cancelled each other out, where, for example, the influence of the actualising tendency has been countermanded by ...