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Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy / Edition 1
     

Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy / Edition 1

by Dave Mearns
 

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ISBN-10: 0761944583

ISBN-13: 9780761944584

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

To add a new perspective on the therapeutic relationship, Mearns and Cooper use the concept of "relational depth," which they define as profound contact between two people in which each person is "fully real with the Other." They combine case material and conceptual analysis to examine different aspects of relational depth and to show how it might be facilitated. The

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To add a new perspective on the therapeutic relationship, Mearns and Cooper use the concept of "relational depth," which they define as profound contact between two people in which each person is "fully real with the Other." They combine case material and conceptual analysis to examine different aspects of relational depth and to show how it might be facilitated. The volume includes data from the authors' in-depth interviews with eight person-centered therapists and trainers. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761944584
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a ground breaking text, which goes to the very heart of the therapeutic meeting between therapist and client. Focusing on the concept of ‘relational depth’, Dave Mearns and Mick Cooper describe a form of encounter in which therapist and client experience profound feelings of contact and engagement with each other, and in which the client has an opportunity to explore whatever is experienced as most fundamental to her or his existence.

Drawing from their own practice, interviews with therapists and a diverse range of theoretical and empirical sources, the authors address the key question of how therapists can meet their clients at a level of relational depth. They show how different aspects of the therapist combine to facilitate a relationally-deep encounter, highlight the various personal `blocks’ which may be encountered along the way, and introduce new therapeutic concepts such as ‘holistic listening’ which can help therapists to meet their clients at this level.

Two powerful case studies: a client with a drink problem and a traumatized client have been selected to illustrate key aspects of working at relational depth. Like many of the ideas discussed in this book, the case studies represent a challenge to conventional thinking about the therapist-client relationship and the nature of the therapeutic process.

Eagerly awaited by many counsellors and psychotherapists, Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a source of fresh thinking and stimulating ideas about the therapeutic encounter which are relevant to trainees and practitioners of all orientations.

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