`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
Personal Development during Training
To set the scene for this chapter on personal development I need to review some of the ideas presented in Chapter 2. In that chapter I explored the issues involved in working at relational depth with clients in person-centred counselling. In contrasting this with counselling work which merely demanded surface relational competencies, I pointed to the profound personal development demands required for working at relational depth. The free-flowing congruence of the worker is a pre-requisite to meeting the client at relational depth. To achieve that freedom with congruence demands that the trainee counsellor forgoes the security of portrayal. There is a natural tendency for course members, early in training, to ...