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.

The Other Characteristic and Relational Depth

The other characteristic and relational depth

The contents of this chapter are based on a summary of the work drawn from my own research on Rogers’ other characteristic that I completed in 2004 under the academic supervision of Tony Merry at the University of East London. The chapter also draws on the extensive research work on relational depth that Mearns and Cooper (2005) have spearheaded over the last decade. And whilst there is no empirical evidence to suggest that the psychotherapeutic phenomenon described and discussed in this chapter do not arise in other psychotherapeutic models of counselling practice, such occurrences do seem to particularly transpire during person-centred clinical practice.

In 1980 during the latter part of his life and work Rogers ...

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