Person-centred and Experiential Therapies
Contemporary Approaches and Issues in Practice
- Paul Wilkins - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
An essential new guide for any person-centred trainee or practitioner, this book explores some of the key contemporary counselling and psychotherapy approaches that have developed from classical client-centred therapy. Part One discusses five approaches including Classic Client-Centred Therapy; Relational and Dialogical Person-Centred Therapy; Focusing-Oriented Therapy; Experiential Therapy; Emotion Focussed Therapy and Person-Centred Expressive therapy.
Each approach is introduced, considered in terms of its history, development, current context and relevant research, as well as exemplified through a range of inspiring vignettes. Part Two brings readers up-to-date with recent developments in the application of person-centred practice, including creative approaches, transcultural counselling, work with people who’ve experienced trauma as well as those who are experiencing limitations to their ability.
Written by leading UK-based and international authors, this authoritative and thought-provoking book is a must read for anyone keen to understand the many approaches of person-centred therapy.
The chapter by Steve Cox is one of the best I have seen on the relational approach. It could be read with advantage by any therapist claiming to be integrative, because it covers so much ground so well. The fourth chapter is by Glenn Fleish, and is a completely up to date look at Focusing and body language. Again it is extremely well done, and contains a moving case study.
This is a unique contemporary take on the variety of person-centred experiential practice (in the UK) with excellent brief case examples that bring individual practice to life - not quite '100% essential' to our course, but certainly very highly recommended!
I believe Carl Rogers would really love the fact that his original theories are not only being kept alive but advanced and extended. I particularly enjoyed chapters by Lago, Cox, Wilkins and Walshaw. A book for those students who have more than beginning understandings and are interested in exploring the range and diversity that the person-centred approach can encompass.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Person-centred and Experiential Therapies: Classical Client-Centred Therapy