This book provides a key introduction to the theory, concepts and practice of the person-centred approach, through the lens of the practitioner's experience and personal development.

Writing as someone who has been through real life challenges and has developed and learned as a result, the author's strikingly personal style not only helps to contextualise complex and nuanced theory, but makes this a truly unique book about real person-centred practice and experience. From Roger's early philosophy through to the current developments and controversies in the field, the author uses personal testimonies, exercises and reflection points to make challenging concepts and practice issues accessible for the novice reader. What results is an informative and fascinating read for all those training and interested in the person-centred approach.

Diversity and Oppression: Transcultural and Transracial Psychotherapeutic Relationships

Diversity and oppression: Transcultural and transracial psychotherapeutic relationships

As a person-centred practitioner and trainer, and as an educated, white, essentially heterosexual, female from a working-class background, I have come to realise that the major interferences to successful trans-diverse psychotherapy and tuition lie in the prejudices that rankle, unrecognised, in my own psyche. Such pre-formed, unacknowledged judgements (‘good’ or ‘bad’) distort my here and now experience of dissimilar groups of people and/or individuals, and obstruct my genuine, unimpeded understanding of another.

Working effectively with diversity is not straightforward or easy. Insidiously inherited and/or internalised societal conditions of worth, introjected from the culture/s we are born into, do influence our outlook, our way of being in the world and the nature ...

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