‘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 9: Personal Therapy is Not Enough
Personal Therapy is Not Enough
The experience of being in therapy as a client is useful to the person-centred counsellor because it gives her an opportunity to appreciate the role of the client and, in particular, how it can feel to be in that less powerful position. This can help the counsellor to become aware of some of the difficulties the client may experience in terms of forming a therapeutic alliance with the therapist. If the therapy experience is long term, it may also help the counsellor to realise how easy it is for the therapeutic relationship to become stultified and the importance of the therapist's congruence in maintaining the health of the relationship. At times it is also important for the ...