by Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne - £30.99 Sage Publications (2000)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780761965619 | ISBN 10: 0761965610
Person-Centred Therapy Today makes a timely and significant contribution to the development of one of the most popular and widely-used therapeutic approaches. Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne are well known internationally as leading experts and authors of the bestselling Person-Centred Counselling in Action, a classic text which has been the cornerstone of training in the approach for over a decade. Written in the same vivid and engaging style, this book explores what it means to be 'person-centred' in the twenty-first century and outlines key philosophical challenges to the approach. The authors robustly answer critics who have labelled person-centred therapy 'westernised', 'unmanly' and 'anti-intellectual'.
The book breaks new ground in presenting the author's 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 'configurations.' 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 will be essential reading for teachers and students of counselling and psychology and for all who consider themselves to be person-centred in their approach to helping clients.
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