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`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

Meeting the Client at Relational Depth
Meeting the client at relational depth

Before we set out to design appropriate training processes we need to be clear on the kind of work expected of our person-centred counsellors. A common misconception among practitioners of other disciplines is that person-centred counselling is a fairly superficial endeavour where the counsellor simply contrives to portray empathy and acceptance, thereby offering ‘support’ to the client – indeed, within psychodynamic circles the approach is often classified as mere ‘supportive counselling’. If this caricature was accurate, then training person-centred counsellors would be a fairly straightforward endeavour. Probably a single evening would be sufficient to train such counsellors in basic acting skills, giving them a catalogue of ‘stock’ responses by which they might portray incongruent ...

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