‘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 5: Don't Get ‘Hooked on Growth’
Don't Get ‘Hooked on Growth’
Person-centred counsellors are attuned to the matter of personal growth. They are skilled in hearing even a small ‘growthful’ voice in their client and encouraging its fuller expression. Yet, it is fascinating to analyse supervisees' audio-tapes of counselling sessions, frequently to discover that other voices expressing an opposite ‘not for growth’ imperative are often ignored, de-emphasised or not even heard. The challenge for the person-centred counsellor is to offer just as strong a therapeutic relationship to these apparently resistant or negative aspects.
Growth is not a unitary phenomenon – rather, it involves a process of balancing opposite forces and gradually reconfiguring that balance. The process of growth includes both a forward moving pressure to elaborate, diversify and ...