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The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling

The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling

Mick Cooper | Maureen O'Hara | P F Schmid


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Building on the success of the first edition, this substantially revised and extended new edition is set to remain the most in-depth and wide-ranging book available on person-centred psychotherapy and counselling.
The book is thoroughly updated to reflect the latest trends in theory and practice:
• It extends its coverage of professional settings and applications, including brand new chapters on children, older people, arts-based therapies, addiction and bereavement.
• It engages systematically with urgent contemporary issues, such as evidence-based practice, political and medical discourses, and theoretical integration.
• It uses case illustrations, therapist-client dialogues, points of reflection and further resources to bring person-centred therapy to life for the reader, in a user-friendly way.
• It includes contributions by an increasingly extensive group of writers, thinkers, teachers and practitioners.

Praise for the first edition:

'A Who's Who of contemporary person-centred thinkers and practitioners. This handbook will be the standard reference work in the area.' – William B. Stiles, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

'So comprehensive is this handbook, that if students of the person-centred approach could only afford to buy themselves one book, then they would do well to make it this one.' - Therapy Today

This is a truly exhilarating, inspiring and provocative volume.' - Person-Centred Quarterly

MICK COOPER is Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, UK.
MAUREEN O'HARA is Professor of Psychology at National University, La Jolla, California, USA.
PETER F. SCHMID is Chair of the Person-Centred Department at the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna and works at the University of Graz and the Institute for Person-Centred Studies in Vienna, Austria.
Arthur C. Bohart is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
List of figures and tables vii
Notes on contributors viii
Preface xv
1 Person-centred therapy today and tomorrow: vision, challenge and growth 1
2 The basic conditions of the facilitative therapeutic relationship 24
Part I: Theoretical, historical and philosophical foundations 29
3 Origins and evolution of the person-centred innovation in Carl Rogers' lifetime 32
4 The 'family' of person-centred and experiential therapies 46
5 The anthropological, relational and ethical foundations of person-centred therapy 66
6 The actualizing person 84
7 Experiential and phenomenological foundations 102
8 Developmental and personality theory 118
9 A person-centred perspective on spirituality 136
Part II: Therapeutic practice 147
10 Psychological contact 150
11 Empathy 165
12 Unconditional positive regard 180
13 Congruence 193
14 Therapeutic presence 209
15 Working with groups 223
16 Person-centred expressive arts therapy: connecting body, mind and spirit 237
17 Integration in person-centred psychotherapies 248
Part III: Client groups 261
18 Person-centred psychotherapy and counselling with children and young people 266
19 Couples and families 282
20 Older adults 297
21 A person-centred approach to grief counselling 313
22 Clients with contact-impaired functioning: Pre-Therapy 327
23 Difficult client process 343
24 Working with traumatized clients and clients in crisis 359
25 A person-centred approach to addiction treatment 371
Part IV: Professional issues 391
26 Setting up practice and the therapeutic framework 394
27 Assessment and formulation 410
28 Ethics in practice in person-centred therapy 422
29 Counselling across difference and diversity 436
30 Supervision 453
31 Research 468
32 Person-centred approaches as cultural leadership 483
33 Resources 496
Author index 507
Subject index 514