There is a growing interest on what clients have to say about their experiences in counseling and psychotherapy. Why do they say the things they say? In this powerful analysis, On Being a Client identifies a number of clear and potent messages that transcend the complexity of counseling thought and psychotherapeutic practice. Using clients' experiences as a framework, the author creates a general theory of counseling and psychotherapy. He proposes that the social and psychological structures which generate the clients' experiences underlie all psychotherapeutic encounters, and the self forms and reforms in social relationships--including those established in the therapeutic context. In this fascinating volume, the reader is invited to consider a number of thought-provoking claims about the universal qualities that characterize good and bad practice in all types of counseling and therapy. This distinctive and accessible analysis is invaluable reading for all counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals, whether they be in training or already established in practice.

A Secure Base

A secure base

The feelings and attitudes of the counsellor as perceived by the client matter. They tell the client whether or not the counsellor is interested in her, accepts her, cares about her. She needs to feel safe and secure in the therapeutic relationship. This, of course, seems reasonable. But why? Although it feels instinctively right that the counsellor should be someone who cares about and accepts the client, it does not explain why those who seek help value certain qualities in those who offer it. We need to be curious about the client's view. We need to puzzle over it. Why do warm, interested and accepting counsellors have successful outcomes? Why are they experienced as helpful by clients? Ethological studies of ...

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