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.
In the evolution of consciousness, reflexivity gave rise to communication (Donald, 1991) and complicates it in that we can exert control on our communication in order to suit our wishes. Thus, we can say one thing while thinking another, we can say it with this or that tone, we can say with or without gesture, we can say it as gesture, and we can decide not to say it at all. Moreover, this complexity goes on in a context and the meaning of what we say or do not say makes sense only in that context. All this is not to say that we have total control over how we communicate. Our feelings often get in the way of control and we may communicate ...