Understanding Person-Centred Counselling
A Personal Journey
- Christine Brown - Lewisham Counselling and Counsellor Training Associates
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.
This is a book that truly reflects the core conditions of Person- Centred Counselling. Christine presents the theory , practice and underlying philosophy with clarity, wisdom and incisive honest observations based on her own experiences as well as the experiences of other practitioner's and students.
Providing a personal and at times intimate exploration of the the person centred approach, Chris invites the reader into a deep engagement with both theory and practice. This is a thought provoking chance to connect with both classical theory and more contemporary ideas in the the person centred community.
The ease with which Brown describes and contextualises person-centred theory points to her long experience as a trainer and her parallel ability to communicate her world without pretence or complication. As many students of the person-centred approach will testify, getting your head around the 19 propositions is no easy jaunt, so I recommend this text, if you read it only for that reason.
An additional text to support my Level 4 Counselling students.
This was a book, that although I didn't have the time to read....on "flicking through" as I stood - 3 chapters later I was not at all disappointed! Christina Brown writes in an accessible and personal way which imbues the person-centred philosophy. Tricky theory is explained and linked to real life in order to make it easily understood. I have already recommended to both our library and our students and will be added to our reading list! Thank you Christine.
Being understandably written, very well structured, personal and scientific, this book will serve as a welcome supplement to the course: Communication for Mentors. Besides getting at the core of Person-Centered Counselling, Christine Brown provides readers with a creative and effective blend of resources such as case-examples, reflection points, resources for further reading, author's personal experiences, clarification of terminology and more. I'm grateful I found her book as a companion on my and "my" students' person-centered, co-actualizing journey!
Good overview of classical person centred theory, with helpful points for reflection and vignettes relating theory to personal experience.
The personal perspective of this book is wonderful. I will be recommending it to my students on both the Level 2 and Level 3 counselling courses.
This is an easy to read book covering the essentials for any student studying person centred counselling. It breaks down the theory and practice in a helpful way.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The Evolution of Rogers’ Philosophy