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How do clients view the counseling process? How do counselors and therapists view their experiences in working with clients? Experiences of Counselling in Action answers these and other questions by presenting personal accounts of individual clients and counselors. Each individual relates their distinct counseling experience by exploring such issues as identity, expectations, trust, power, and the client-counselor relationship. In addition, each examines the intense personal meaning of “success” or “failure” in their respective roles. Tightly edited and well-written, this impressive volume provides important insights into this crucial dimension of the counseling experience. It will prove of great value to students and professionals in the areas of mental health, counseling and clinical psychology, and social work. “A strikingly original book…. A carefully crafted tapestry of chapters which takes the reader through much of the joy and despair of the therapeutic enterprise in a way which is always interesting and often deeply moving…. The richness of these chapters, as indeed of the whole book, will provide much encouragement to counsellors especially in their darkest hours.” –British Journal fo Medical Psychology “It provides a stimulus for further study of many important and ‘cutting edge’ ideas not readily amenable to empirical research investigation. A book most imortant to all counseling and psychotherapy practitioners. Graduate level.” –Choice “This often moving book offers important insights into a crucial dimension of counselling in action.” –Association for Pastoral Care and Counselling “This is a book which would be equally useful to the humanistic practitioner and the more orthodox one. The breadth of sympathy is admirable in dealing with what is common to all orientations. This is one of those rare book which does justice both to the human experiences involved in counselling and psychotherapy, and to the theory which might explain those experiences.” –Changes “[The] materal has been well consolidated by its presentation, which is well planned and clearly laid out…. I think the book is a very important addition to the practitioner's bookshelf, mostly because its contents allow counsellors and trainers to reflect upon their work and their profession as a whole.” –British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

The Counsellor's Experience of Failure
The counsellor's experience of failure
DaveMearns
A Failure

Ann [the client, speaking to her counsellor]: You don't really care! This is just a bloody game for you. You're so damned at ease. I'm breaking up ...

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