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Developments in Psychotherapy charts and explores the origins and historical development of the major fields in counseling and psychotherapy, including person-centered, transactional analysis, Gestalt, cognitive, and behavioral therapy. Leading British and American psychotherapists discuss in detail the development of each approach-how, why, and where it came about-and the context and influences under which it was formulated. The contributors survey the evolution of the approaches and explain the significant shifts and trends that have occurred in their theory and practice, advances that are often not recognized or fully understood. Finally, the present-day roles of the different therapies are considered so that readers can relate them to their historical contexts. Highlighting the historical development of important therapeutic approaches, Developments in Psychotherapy will be a useful resource for all student and practicing counselors and psychotherapists.

Person-Centred Psychotherapy: Twenty Historical Steps
Person-centred psychotherapy: Twenty historical steps
Nathaniel J.Raskin

In this chapter a number of significant steps in the development of person-centred therapy will be described. These advances occurred in a special kind of atmosphere, which reflected the spirit of the person-centred movement and the characteristics of its founder. Carl Rogers formulated an approach to psychotherapy and human relations based on trust in the self-determining capacities of individuals and groups customarily seen as requiring direction, control and external authority – clients, children, students, workers. Rogers inspired his students and associates by hard work, conviction, intelligence, sensitivity and example. As a teacher, therapist and administrator, he was respectful, equalitarian, thoughtful, generous and unassuming. As a psychologist who was breaking new ground he confidently and skilfully ...

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