`This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is essential reading not only for those involved in the training of counsellors within the person-centred approach, but also for individuals who may have simplistic, dismissive or otherwise ill-informed notions of the depth of self-awareness required of the person-centred practitioner and the far-reaching challenges offered by the approach. For counsellors who define themselves as "person-centred" but who have had no substantial training, it should be compulsory reading' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling Person-centred counselling probably requires more training - and a greater intensity of training - than most other mainstream counselling approaches, but

What Does ‘Person-Centred’ Mean?

What does ‘person-centred’ mean?

Box 1.1 The Answer from Alison, a New Trainee

‘Person-centred’ means something I have had to change my life for. I thought I had got my working life in order – I was a pretty good CPN [Community Psychiatric Nurse) who presumed that I was qualified to be a counsellor and quickly found that I wasn't. Yet I had a sense of what would be helpful for my patients – I could feel the difference between the patient who was gently helped to find portions of strength in her Self and the patient who was hooked on other people's pills, whether chemical or ‘advice pills’. The change in one patient was permanent and in the other it was transient. ...

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