The therapeutic encounter is at the core of counselling and psychotherapy training and practice, regardless of therapeutic modality. This book introduces a cross-modality approach to the client-therapist encounter, drawing from humanistic, psychoanalytic, systemic, and integrative approaches. Chapters introduce a range of client themes — the refusal to join in, the battle for control, the emotionally unavailable etc — and shows how these are enacted in the relationship. The authors invite you, as therapist, to interact creatively with the client, engaging directly in the drama. In this way, they provide a coherent framework within which to understand both the therapeutic relationship and the principles of their approach.

The Therapeutic Encounter: A Safe Emergency

The therapeutic encounter: A safe emergency

In a dialogue between Gregory Bateson and Carl Rogers which took place in Marin College, California in 1975 the two exponents of very different philosophical and theoretical positions reached a point of agreement in a shared critique of behavioural therapy as it was practised at the time. Rogers recounted a visit of ...

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