Person-Centred Therapy in Focus provides a much-needed exploration of the criticisms levelled against one of the most widespread forms of therapeutic practice. Characterized by its critics as theoretically `light', culturally biased and limited in application, until now the person-centred approach has had comparatively little written in its defence. Paul Wilkins provides a rigorous and systematic response to the critics, drawing not only on the work of Carl Rogers, but also of those central to more recent developments in theory and practice (including Goff Barrett-Lennard, Dave Mearns, Jerold Bozarth, Germain Leitauer and Brian Thorne). It traces the epistemological foundations of person-centred therapy and places the approach in its social and political context. Examining the central tenets of the approach, each chapter sets out concisely the criticisms and then counters these with arguments from the person-centred perspective. Chapters cover debates in relation to: - the model of the person - self-actualization - the core conditions - non-directivity - resistance to psychopathology - reflection, and - boundary issues. Person-Centred Therapy in Focus fulfills two important purposes: firstly to answer the criticisms of those who have attacked the person-centred approach and secondly to cultivate a greater critical awareness and understanding within the approach itself. As such it makes a significant contribution to the person-centred literature and provides an excellent resource for use in training.

An Absent Psychopathology: A Therapy for the Worried Well?

An absent psychopathology: A therapy for the worried well?

Person-Centred Therapy and ‘Mental Illness’

There is an assumption that the person-centred model of the person, a commitment to a non-directive approach and a dislike of labelling means that person-centred theory can take no account of ‘psychopathology’. This is seen as restricting its applicability to clients with mild neuroses and acute but ‘everyday’ problems (bereavement, mild anxiety and so on). For some, the person-centred approach has a usefulness with people who are so deeply disturbed or dysfunctional that they are ‘unsuitable’ for psychotherapy (see Kovel 1976: 116). In both instances, the assumption is that person-centred therapy is relatively trivial or light and its adherents lack the skills and knowledge ...

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