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.

Process Identification and Process Direction

Process identification and process direction

By the term ‘process’ I am referring to the activities in which clients engage as they work with their experience from moment-to-moment. The activities may be cognitive or behavioural. There are many cognitive activities signified in our vocabulary, such as remembering, anticipating, attending, considering, reconsidering, deliberating, reasoning, concentrating, discriminating, integrating, clarifying, realizing, struggling, characterizing, rehearsing, imagining, speculating, fantasizing, creating, conceptualizing, supposing, hypothesizing, hoping, believing, doubting, challenging, confronting, deciding, re-deciding, planning, scheming, manipulating, evading, resisting, denying, substituting, displacing, dissociating, and so on. Notice that all of these terms are gerunds. Accordingly, cognitive processes are represented linguistically by verb forms. These cognitive activities can have any object. Thus, the act of considering something, for example, may have to ...

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