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Working at Relational Depth in Counselling…

Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2005)

by Dave Mearns, Mick Cooper

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I loved this book! Whilst dealing with a technical aspect of person-centered theory (examining Rogers' notion of presence and advocating the blending of the seperate 'core conditions' into an holistic therapist attitude), the presentation is immediate and personable, the chapter divisions building one upon the other, but discrete enough to facilitate individual referencing later on.

The core of the book for me are the two chapters of client-therapist transcripts, which clearly illustrate the concept in vivo. Comfortingly for the trainee counsellor I presently am, Mearns is not afraid to show where he gets it 'wrong'. When the therapeutic relationship is there, when client and counsellor have trust in each other, getting it 'wrong' isn't a catastrophe and, if acknowledged and worked with, can act to deepen the relationship (just as long as it's not too often wrong). Phew!

This is undoubtedly one of the books I will be returning to again and again. ( )
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Working at Relational Depth in Counseling and Psychotherapy is a groundbreaking text which goes to the very heart of the therapeutic meeting between therapist and client. Focusing on the concept of 'relational depth,' authors 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.

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