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.

Vivid Language: Liberating the Secondary Stream of Consciousness

Vivid Language: Liberating the Secondary Stream of Consciousness

Vivid language: Liberating the secondary stream of consciousness

Our minds are very busy when we listen to clients. We attend to what they are saying and to how they are saying it, as well as to their body language. Meanwhile, we undergo any number of reactions: we have feelings, memories, associations, fantasies, anticipations, theoretical knowledge, visual images and metaphors arising in us. In one sense, it seems extraordinary that these happenings can occur when we are actively attending to the client. Yet we cannot become our clients, we can only understand them by living within our own experience of them. However, looking at the counsellor's relationship with the client in this way is troubling if we want to ...

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