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Developing Person-Centred Counselling

Second Edition

February 2003 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is a useful book for those who use person-centred counselling in their practice, or who are training to become person-centred counsellors' - Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Developing Person-Centred Counselling,

Second Edition is designed to help counsellors improve their skills within the person-centred approach. Written by Dave Mearns, leading person-centred expert and bestselling author, the Second Edition has been fully revised and updated taking account of developments in person-centred practice.

With new chapters on growth and transference, the book covers the subjects which are central to person-centred training:

} the core conditions

} therapeutic alliance

} development of the counsellor

} therapeutic process

} the person-centred approach in relation to psychopathology.

Supported by case material and examples from practice, each part of the book presents the counsellor with practical, and often challenging ideas, which encourage him/her to think carefully about his/her practice and how to improve it.

Developing Person-Centred Counselling, Second Edition is a highly practical and inspiring resource for trainees and practitioners alike.


 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: EXTENDING THE THERAPEUTIC CONDITIONS
 
Don't Confuse Unconditional Positive Regard with `Liking'
 
Offering the Client an Engagement at `Relational Depth'
 
What Is Involved in Offering Wider Contracts to Clients?
 
Extend the Core Conditions to the Whole of Your Client - Introducing `Configurations' of Self
 
Don't Get `Hooked on Growth'
 
PART TWO: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNSELLOR
 
Counsellor `Paralysis'
Diagnosis and Treatment

 
 
Beware of the Need to Appear `Clever'
 
`Burn-Out' and How to Avoid It
 
Personal Therapy Is Not Enough
 
What to Do If You Are Not Perfect
 
Using the Large Unstructured Group to Develop Congruence in Person-Centred Training
with Brian Thorne
Developing a Spiritual Discipline
 
PART THREE: THE THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE
 
You Do Not Need to Be an `Expert' on the Client Group or Issue to Work Expertly with the Client
 
Be `Beside' the Client, but Not `on the Side of' the Client
 
Getting beyond `Transference'
with Brian Thorne
Brief Companionship
 
Becoming Aware of the `Unspoken Relationship' between Counsellor and Client
 
Tapping the `Unspoken Relationship' between Counsellor and Client
 
PART FOUR: THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS
 
Getting the `Power Dynamic' Right
 
Let the Client's Locus of Evaluation Be the Guide to Your Working
 
Assisting the Client's Focusing
 
Be Aware of and Beware the Dynamics of Self-Concept Change
 
Confronting the Client
 
Trouble-Shooting `Stuckness' within the Therapeutic Process
 
PART FIVE: PERSON-CENTRED PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
with Elke Lambers
The Person-Centred Perspective on Psychopathology
The Neurotic Client

 
with Elke Lambers
Borderline Personality Disorder
with Elke Lambers
Psychosis
with Elke Lambers
Personality Disorder
with Dion Van Werde
An Introduction to Client-Centred Pre-Therapy
with Dion Van Werde
Dealing with the Possibility of Psychotic Content in a Seemingly Congruent Communication

`This is a useful book for those who use person-centred counselling in their practice, or who are training to become person-centred counsellors' - Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy


This is a thoroughly informative and well set out guide to further exploration into practising as a person-centred counsellor

Ms Catherine J Drewer
Learning for Life, Southend Adult Community College
October 15, 2015

This is an excellent book, by a very popular and highly respected writer/counsellor. Students have traditionally found his books to be reader friendly and this is also the case with this book. chapters are short sweet and to the point and not too overwhelming for the new students

Ms Deana Friel
Health and Social Care , North West Regional College
January 27, 2015

Dave Mearns as one of the key theorists in PCA supports the ethos of our college and is a must for trainee counsellors at ICPPD

Professor Christine Moran
Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, International College for Personal and Professiona Development (ICPPD)
November 8, 2012

This book already exists on our recommended reading list for the module Personal and Professional Development Year Two I have recommended this title to my students. It has benifited me with the delivery of this module.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Counselling & Psychotherapy Dept, PCI College
January 4, 2012

Written by Dave Mearns, the book is a credible and valuable resource for any Counsellor Education programme. It covers key aspects of person-centred practice and how this can be developed and improved. I find this book a very good resource for teaching and recommended reading for students.

Mrs Marion Gossman
School of Psychology, Keele University
November 30, 2011

The welcome updated version is highly readable and succinct, and surprising full of wisdom. Essenetial reading for students in counseling and psychotherapy

Mrs Connie Johnson
Counselling Studies, Edinburgh University
November 18, 2010

Well structured and suitable for those progressing well with person centred theory and want to develop further.

Mr Marc Tomlinson
Counselling Training, Keighley College
February 21, 2010

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