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 First Meeting

The first meeting

Clients and counsellors are often nervous about their first meeting. Clients entering counselling for the first time have made a momentous decision. It is not easy to admit that one cannot take care of oneself. Many people agonize for a long time before taking such a step and often go through many false starts. As the day arrives, preoccupations and worries rise to the surface and clients wonder: ‘Who is to say that my problems are important enough to warrant counselling? What if the counsellor doesn't take me seriously?’ Or, ‘How did I get into this state? I can't believe that I'm actually contemplating seeing someone. I'm used to solving problems on my own.’ Or, ‘What if I get someone ...

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