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Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: • Development of the Therapy • Theory and Basic Concepts • Practice • Which Clients Benefit Most? • Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a ...

Person-Centred Therapy
Person-Centred Therapy
Kate Hayes
Introduction

The foundation of person-centred therapy is built on an understanding that people thrive when they are trusted, people have potential for creative ways of expression and are naturally social. Person-centred therapy was identified as a new approach to psychotherapy in 1940 by Carl Ransom Rogers. It was considered new and revolutionary as it believes the human being has potential for growth and change despite emotional distress. Originally it was called client-centred therapy, a term still used today.

Rogers identified, by listening to his patients, whom he chose to call clients, that the client knew what hurt and what direction he or she needed to move in.1 In the 1940s this concept was counter-cultural and the client was, for the first time, ...

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