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Person-Centred Therapy


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The Person-Centred Approach in Europe - Brian Thorne Its History and Current Significance PART ONE: THEORY Person-Centred Theory as a System of Meaning - Martin van Kalmthout Unconditional Positive Regard and Its Spiritual Implications - Campbell Purton `On Becoming a Person-Centred Approach' - Peter F Schmid A Person-Centred Understanding of the Person Personality Change and the Concept of the Self - Martin van Kalmthout From Non-Directive to Experiential - Germain Lietaer A Paradigm Unfolding `Face to Face' - The Art of Encounter - Peter F Schmid Empowerment or Collusion? The Social Context of Person-Centred Therapy - Sarah Hawtin and Judy Moore On the Development of the Person in Relationships - Eva-Maria Biermann-Ratjen Incongruence and Psychopathology - Eva-Maria Biermann-Ratjen PART TWO: PRACTICE Focusing - Mia Leijssen Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Conditions of Growth Client-Centred Therapy for Adolescents - Lidwien Geertjens and Olga Waaldijk An Interactional Point of View A Person-Centred Perspective on Leadership and Team-Building - Leif J Braaten `Anchorage' as a Core Concept in Working with Psychotic People - Dion Van Werde The Relevance of a Phenomenological Attitude when Working with Psychotic People - Chris Deleu and Dion Van Werde Empathy and Empathy Development with Psychotic Clients - Ute Binder Postscript - Brian Thorne Person-Centred Therapy: An International Force

About the Author

Brian Thorne is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of East Anglia and a Founder Member of The Norwich Centre for Personal and Professional Development. He is also a Professor of Education in the College of Teachers and co-author (with Dave Mearns) of the bestselling books, Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Second Edition (SAGE, 1999) and Person-Centred Therapy Today (SAGE, 2000).


`In this scholarly book, Brian Thorne and Elke Lambers have gathered together significant contributions to the advancement of person-centred theory and practice from leading exponents of the approach in Austria, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.... I found the book both stimulating and challenging. The insight it offers into working with "difficult" clients is invaluable and the sections on theory stretched me in my understanding of the approach. I strongly recommend it to anyone from within or without the person-centred tradition who wants to achieve a real understanding of the approach "post Rogers" and get to grips with the vibrancy and vitality of person-centred thought in Europe' - Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy `[This book] stimulates reflection.... I would recommend it for both students and therapists' - Counselling Psychology Review `Those with an interest in working with adolescents, leadership and team building, and focusing will find riches a-plenty. This book is a treasure-trove that I can recommend to person-centred and non-person-centred trainers and practitioners alike without reservation, in the certain knowledge that they will be enriched by it' - Person-Centred Practice `People commited to the person-centred approach will find this book stimulating, and one that is likely to provoke some internal arguments as they read it. Others, whose understanding of Rogers begins and ends with `the core conditions' will find new perspectives and an unsuspected depth here' - British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

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