Developing Person-Centred Counselling

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SAGE, Nov 27, 2002 - Psychology - 144 pages
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`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.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Dont confuse unconditional positive regard with liking
3
Chapter 2 Offering the Client an engagement at relational depth
5
Chapter 3 What is involved in offering wider contracts to clients?
10
Chapter 4 Extend the core conditions to the whole of your client introducing configurations of self
13
Chapter 5 Dont get hooked on growth
18
The Develpoment of the Counsellor
23
diagnosis and treatment
25
Chapter 7 Beware the need to appear clever
29
Chapter 18 Tapping the unspoken relationship between counsellor and client
68
The Therapeutic Process
75
Chapter 19 Getting the power dynamic right
77
Chapter 20 Let the clients locus of evaluation be the guide of your working
80
Chapter 21 Assisting the clients focusing
84
Chapter 22 Be aware of and beware thedynamics of selfconcept change
88
Chapter 23 Confronting the client
93
Chapter 24 Troubleshooting struckness within the therapeutic process
96

Chapter 8 Burnout and how to avoid it
32
Chapter 9 Personal therapy is not enough
36
Chapter 10 What to do if you are not perfect
39
Chapter 11 Using the large unstructured group to develop congruence in personcentred training
42
Chapter 12 Developing a spiritual discipline
45
The Therapeutic Alliance
49
Chapter 13 You do not need to be an expert on the client group or issue to work expertly with the client
51
Chapter 14 Be beside the client but not on the side of the client
54
Chapter 15 Getting beyond transference
57
Chapter 16 Brief companionship
60
Chapter 17 Becoming aware of the unspoken relationship between counsellor and client
64
Personcentred psychopathology
101
the neurotic client
103
Chapter 26 Borderline personality disorder
109
Chapter 27 Psychosis
113
Chapter 28 Personality disorder
116
Chapter 29 An introduction to clientcentred pretherapy
120
Chapter 30 Dealing with the possibility of psychotic content in a seemingly congruent communication
125
References
129
Index
135
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Dave Mearns is formerly Director of the Counselling Unit and Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Dave is author or co-author of four other counselling books published by SAGE: Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Second Edition, Experiences of Counselling in Action, Person-Centred Counselling Training and Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice.

 

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