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.
Chapter Nine: Significant Odd Psychotherapeutic Occurrences and Mistakes and Their Relevance to the Other Characteristic and Relational Depth
Significant Odd Psychotherapeutic Occurrences and Mistakes and Their Relevance to the Other Characteristic and Relational Depth
During the 2009 Relational Depth Conference, held at Nottingham University, I (the author) was profoundly struck by the research presented by Hilton and Canavan (2009) on the ‘Landscapes of Relational Depth’. This paper reminded me that I'd long believed there are certain types of significant, highly odd occurrences/seeming mistakes made in practice with clients that subsequently proved to be intrinsically important and helpful to clients’ psychotherapeutic process.
This led me to suppose that the central question asked in my 2004 research on the other characteristic, ‘When do you feel closest to your clients?’, had most ...