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.

The Client as Agent

The client as agent

Like everyone, clients are both patients and agents. Moreover, their agency is entailed in their reflexivity, just as it is in counsellors. In order to realize that persons are reflexively agential in this way, all we have to do is to turn our attention to ourselves. We then become aware that somehow we have done just that – turned attention to ourselves; we realize that in some mysterious way we have the ability to do this. In this activity we may focus on any aspect that we bring into awareness pertaining to our past (including the ‘present’, which is really the immediate past) or our future. Within this focus, we have feelings associated with whatever it is we ...

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