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.

Criticisms, Controversies and an Interconnected World

Criticisms, controversies and an interconnected world

From the onset, the person-centred movement and Carl Rogers himself faced substantial criticism. His ideas posed both a threat to the status of those who held contemporary ‘psychological expertise’ and a challenge to the escalating goal-orientated outlook of the twentieth century. Within our society today, with its continued reliance on slick professional strategies that can apparently furnish fast, provable results, still lies the denial that often there is no instant or cost-effective solution (in the short term) to personal, multifaceted human concerns and/or emotional disturbance.

Rogerian belief in the uniqueness of individuals and their capacity to find their own best answers and self-healing does not resound or fit well with either the concept of possessing ...

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