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.
I was at a conference recently and discussed the concept of reflexivity with a colleague who was familiar with the literature on Eastern thought. He was sceptical about reflexivity as an aid to functioning, maintaining that the state of being in flow is superior. The examples he gave had primarily to do with athletics, but I take his point more generally. I am reminded of Rogers's remark at the end of counselling Gloria in the ‘Gloria’ film, to the effect that he did not remember very much of what went on in the session because he was so immersed in the client's experience, and he considered that to be a sign that the session had probably gone well. I too have had such moments ...