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.

Tying it all Together: The Working Alliance

Tying it all together: the working alliance

According to Luborsky (1994), the concept of the working alliance was anticipated by Freud (1912/1958). Psychoanalysts have seen the client's relationship with the analyst as both unconscious and conscious, and (ideally) the analyst's relationship with the client as conscious. The client's unconscious relationship is transferential and the analysis of the transference and other unconscious expressions constitutes the psychoanalytic method. The client's consciousness comes into play through compliance with the method; it is this second engagement that variously has been referred to as the therapeutic or working alliance (e.g. Sterba, 1934; Zetzel, 1956). More recently, as seen in Chapter 8, Greenson (1967) was prominent in advocating that the real relationship is involved as ...

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