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Skills in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy


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The Theoretical Framework Empathy Empathic Understanding Congruence Congruence in Practice Unconditional Positive Regard Psychological Contact - Basic and Cognitive Contact Psychological Contact II - Subtle Contact The Therapeutic Process Politics, Prejudice, Power and Privilege Client Perception Beginnings and Endings Management the Work in an Organisation Professional Issues Edgy and Ethical Issues Debates and Developments in Practice

About the Author

Janet Tolan is a consultant and private pracititioner in Manchester. She has worked extensively in education and training, most recently as leader of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Masters programme at Liverpool John Moores University. Rose Cameron is a practitioner and a trainer in counselling and psychotherapy. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.


The new edition of Skills in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy provides an invaluable introduction to the skills and awareness that are necessary in order to provide an effective helping relationship to individuals struggling to overcome problems in living. Janet Tolan clearly explains key concepts using vivid examples drawn from extensive professional experience. This book is essential reading for anyone setting out to become a counsellor or psychotherapist, or embarking on a career in social work, teaching or healthcare.

-- John McLeod

This revised edition of a classic in person-centred therapy combines both an accessible introduction to becoming a practitioner, and an up to date, socially situated, and academically rigorous essential guide.

It is rare to find a single volume that allows beginning students to reflect on their own experience, while remaining academically and theoretically rigorous. A genuine must have for any serious student.

The reader can expect to be fully engaged with the ideas offered in the new chapter. This book is an essential read for any new therapist.

-- Carol Wolter-Gustafson

This book is a wonderful resource, very well written, up to date and comprehensively researched. A 'must' for every person-centred course reading list.

-- Anja Rutten

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