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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sage; 2nd edition (29 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761963170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761963172
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Person Centred Counselling in Action, written by Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne was originally published in 1988 about a year after the death of Carl Rogers. It has helped to maintain and stimulate interest in this approach and has become a best-seller in the Counselling in Action series' - The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Dave Mearns is formerly Director of the Counselling Unit and Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Dave is author or co-author of four other counselling books published by SAGE: Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Second Edition, Experiences of Counselling in Action, Person-Centred Counselling Training and Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice.

 



Brian Thorne is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of East Anglia and a Founder Member of The Norwich Centre for Personal and Professional Development. He is also a Professor of Education in the College of Teachers and co-author (with Dave Mearns) of the bestselling books, Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Second Edition (SAGE, 1999) and Person-Centred Therapy Today (SAGE, 2000).

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Roddy on 15 Nov. 2006
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This is one of the recommended texts for the certificate in counselling skills, which I am taking. It is very easy to read, and has some great examples, as well as bringing up some challenging issues for would be counsellors to help them to determine whether counselling would be for them. Perhaps some of the examples are a little extreme, but it does provide wonderful food for thought. Structurally, it follows and describes the person-centred approach one step at a time, and is therefore a good textbook for a course. If you are thinking about person centred counselling as a training or career option, this would be a good way to introduce yourself to the topic.
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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By K. BURNS on 7 Sept. 2002
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A must for beginners in Counselling. This book held my hand whilst coming to grips with my college course in 'Person-Centred Counselling'. for a while, it was my bible it helped to make a complicated and sensitive subject clearer. I successfully completed my RSA certificate in Counselling and am about to start a more advanced course. The help from this book has encouraged me to buy another purchase from the same series, 'Psycho-dynamic Counselling in Action'.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. L. Glover on 14 Sept. 2004
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As a trainee counsellor, I was glad I'd chosen this book to join my recommended reading pile. I found the case studies facinating, especially the one which follows an entire beginning, middle & ending. The counsellor allows this client to explore her suicide fantasy in a way she never could before. Fortunately, she doesn't carry this out. What is clear from this case study is the real intimacy shared between client & counsellor. The final request by the client of her counsellor may seem slightly out of turn but it seems quite fitting.
Apart from that, the author writes in such a way that you don't see these skills as something you learn to do. Rather, they become a way of being. I refer back to this book time & time again as you are able to pick out bits you need without reading it cover to cover. There are more indepth books available but this is a concise, easy to read accompaniment which also includes a review, some years later from the client featured in the main case study. This is matched up with the counsellors notes - both of which make it well worth a read.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lady Guinevere on 10 Sept. 2009
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This book is about person-centred counselling, specifically about ways of being and doing that novice and experienced counsellors alike can incorporate into their work. The authors wrote the book when person-centred counselling was becoming more popular in Europe, and felt it was a suitable time for two British counsellors to write a book on the fundamentals of the approach. The work is written from the authors' point of view and gives examples of their and others' experiences.
This book is primarily a source of information, however it is brought to life by many examples of good and bad practice. Towards the end of the book, there is also a case study focusing on a counselling relationship with one particular lady, Joan, which drew attention to the main topics to consider during beginnings, middles and endings. Person-Centred Counselling in Action belongs to the Psychology genre, and is what might be described as an "introductory guide to person-centred counselling". Despite the above definition of this book as an "introductory guide", I believe its intended audience is both trainees and experienced counsellors.
Mearns and Thorne write in a formal style, however there is very little jargon used when discussing the issues which come up in the counselling room. For example, p.33: "...she [the counsellor] is not interested in playing power games or scoring points". This is stated in a way that anyone could understand, making the book accessible to all. Even if jargon words are used, they are quickly defined so we can be in no doubt as to what the authors are referring to, for example see the various definitions of differing types of empathy on page 45 such as "accurate empathy" and "additive empathy".
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 1999
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Having read much of CArl Rogers' work, this was like someone had written about it in colour instead of black and white! An excellent book, clearly written, outlining how the person-centred approach works in practice. I can highly recommend it, especially to counselling students.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2001
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What a brilliant book!!!, the authors' clearly mark out the importance of the core conditions in an easy to read fashion. This book speaks plain english and is a must for all trainee counsellors. I like the way Mearns and Thorn portray their skills and experiences and I am looking forward to reading more of their work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Wisher on 26 Jan. 2010
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I was looking for information to help me understand, describe and then be able to share through the development of a training course, the elements and impact of any person centred service. This book is brilliant - from its definition (quote from Carl Rogers)to the easily understood elements of a person centred service, to the crucial role and attitude of the professional involved. The evidence the book provided on the benefits of this process confirmed my theories on the topic. One purchase provided everything I needed - just have to write the training course now!
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