Person-Centred Counselling Psychology is an introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of the person-centred approach. Focusing on the psychological underpinnings of the approach, Ewan Gillon describes the theory of personality on which it is based and the nature of the therapeutic which is characterised by:
unconditional positive regard; empathy; congruence.
The book is an applied, accessible text, providing a dialogue between the psychological basis of person-centred therapy and its application within real world. It shows how the person-centred approach relates to others within counselling psychology and to contemporary practices in mental health generally. It also gives guidance to readers on how to research, train and work as a person-centred practitioner.
As well as psychology students, it will be of interest to those from other disciplines, counselling trainees, those within the caring professions, and person-centred therapists from a non-psychological background.
Ewan Gillon is Lecturer in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University in the U.K.
Most of what I have to say about training is contexualized in the format of a formal course on it, such as the one I teach. Within such a course, it is possible to concentrate on practising being the kind of counsellor addressed in the approach. I have found that when students and their supervisors are in the throes of meeting the many demands involved in a field placement, such as a clinical practicum or an internship, it is often difficult to find the time to put case management aside to engage in extensive role-playing. Instead, training usually takes the form of listening to the replay of a tape of a given counselling session, where the trainee's approach is examined and discussed in an ...