‘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 7: Beware the Need to Appear ‘Clever’
Beware the Need to Appear ‘Clever’
Counsellors are often attracted to the person-centred approach for the right reason: that it offers a method of counselling which keeps the client at the centre of events, emphasising the counsellor's task as one of creating a relational safety and intensity that helps the client to increase his awareness and re-engage his energy for living. Although counselling in this way is a highly skilful activity, it does not give much opportunity for the counsellor who has a strong need to be seen as ‘clever’. Those counsellors who have that need from the outset would find more latitude [Page 30]in other approaches that emphasise the directive qualities and interpretative abilities of the counsellor.
The need to appear ...