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Developing Person-Centred Counselling


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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 Developing a Spiritual Discipline - with Brian Thorne 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' Brief Companionship - with Brian Thorne 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 The Person-Centred Perspective on Psychopathology - with Elke Lambers The Neurotic Client Borderline Personality Disorder - with Elke Lambers Psychosis - with Elke Lambers Personality Disorder - with Elke Lambers An Introduction to Client-Centred Pre-Therapy - with Dion Van Werde Dealing with the Possibility of Psychotic Content in a Seemingly Congruent Communication - with Dion Van Werde

About the Author

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.


`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

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