Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice

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"The book breaks new ground in presenting the authors' reworking of Carl Rogers' theory of the Self, an innovation which has been years in the making and has implications for both theory and practice. Central to the book are two chapters which describe how the Self is constructed as a collection of different parts or 'configuration'. Using strong examples chosen from their own practice, Mearns and Thorne show how this theory contributes directly to the therapist's understanding and interactions with clients." Person-Centred Therapy Today represents a significant contribution to the development of the person-centred approach. It will be essential reading for teachers and students of counselling and psychology who wish to keep their knowledge of the approach fully up-to-date and by all who consider themselves to be person-centred in their approach to helping clients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761965602
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/13/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet 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.

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).

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Table of Contents

Guest Contributors
1 Towards an Inhuman Society? 1
2 Is Therapy Losing its Humanity? 17
3 The 'Heart' of Person-Centred Therapy: Spiritual and Existential? 54
4 Person-Centred Therapy: Anti-Intellectual, Unmanly and Westernised? 73
5 Revisiting the Core Conditions 85
6 The Nature of 'Configurations' within Self 101
7 Person-Centred Therapy with 'Configurations' of Self 120
8 Person-Centred Therapy at the Difficult Edge: a Developmentally Based Model of Fragile and Dissociated Process (Margaret Warner) 144
9 Advancing Person-Centred Theory 172
10 Supervision in Person-Centred Therapy: Facilitating Congruence (Elke Lambers) 196
11 Future Challenges: Dangers and Opportunities 212
References 220
Index 231
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