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Client Centred Therapy: Its Current Practice, Implications and Theory

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A very useful book for the therapist, student or if you're just interested in either therapy or some rationalisations of the human mind. Many times I've had to put the book down to work through a chain of thought, to reflect upon my own values and ways of being (forgive the in-reference). This was back when Rogers was still used to writing academic papers, so parts of it are pretty heavy going, with a lot of transcriptions of counselling sessions. One might say that there is less self-consciousness and more self…That the self functions smoothly in experience, rather than being an object of introspection.

The final chapter presents a formal treatment of the psychological therory which is basic to the whole client-centred point of view, not only in counselling but in all interpersonal relations. I'll come back to it at a later time and add the rest of my understanding as well as personal assessment of the material presented. It is once they accept all manners of gradient in assessing situations and see themselves as the assessors and judges of all things good and bad with no one thing actually possessing "good" or "bad" elements free from relative assessment that the client moves toward a more self-aware level of relation to the world around them.Carl Rogers' well known technique of active listening (mirroring back to the client what he just said) is more than a therapeutic gimmick, it is the manifestation of a profound theory of psychology and an act of faith in humanity. Through his thought provoking statements this book helped me reflect on my practice and hopefully helped me become a better counsellor.

That being said, there are some areas where the reader can apprehend that vagaries will be rife and grasping difficult. One side note that I loved: through the exploration of his unconscious experiences and resolving his conflicts, the client comes to develop a more accurate symbolization of reality, a better representation. This review could go on for well over twenty pages if I was to cover the most important concepts developed in this book. It should be noted for the author's benefit however that from the beginning he states that he feels words are incapable of capturing the entirety of the therapeutic process and understanding thereof.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Having those snippets of Rogers' thoughts was useful, but I felt a duty to read from cover-to-cover the foundational work of the person-centred approach if I was serious in training to be a counsellor. Something many therapeutic school often attribute as important, but not always take as seriously as Rogers and his contemporaries themselves.

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