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Person-Centred Practice at the Difficult Edge

Person-Centred Practice at the Difficult Edge

Peter Pearce
Lisbeth Sommerbeck

ISBN 9781 906254 69 8 (2014)

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This book presents accounts of the practice of the person-centred approach (PCA) with people suffering from a range of severe and enduring conditions. Comprehensively refuting the notion that person-centred therapy is suitable only for the 'worried well', it backs up contemporary practice with appropriate theory. For students, academic and professional audiences. Contributions include: Person-centred therapy with post-traumatic stress (Stephen Joseph and David Murphy); Tenuous contact - Person-centred therapy with adolescent process (Peter Pearce and Ros Sewell); Pre-Therapy with psychotic clients (Dion van Werde); Refutation of myths of inappropriateness of person-centered therapy at the difficult edge (Lisbeth Sommerbeck); Difficult processes (Margaret Warner) and several other chapters from leading theorists and practitioners.

Part 1: Practice

1 Understanding posttraumatic stress and facilitating posttraumatic growth  David Murphy and Stephen Joseph

2 Person-centred therapy with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse  Jan Hawkins

3 Person-centred therapy with people with learning disabilities: Happy people wear  hats  Jan Hawkins

4 ‘Tenuous contact’: New theory about adolescent process  Peter Pearce and Ros Sewell

5 Pre-Therapy at its edges: From palliative care to exercising newly recovered
contact functioning  Dion Van Werde

6 Combining person-centred therapy and Pre-Therapy with clients at the difficult edge  Lisbeth Sommerbeck

7 A person-centred approach to counselling clients with autistic process  Anja Rutten

8  Person-centred therapy for people with dementia  Danuta Lipinska

9 Pre-Therapy and dementia – the opportunity to put Person-Centred theory into everyday practice  Penny Dodds, Pamela Bruce-Hay and Sally Stapleton 

Part 2: Conceptualisations that support practice

10 Client processes at the difficult edge  Margaret Warner

11 The relation between intersubjectivity, imitation, mirror neurons, empathy and Pre-Therapy  Hans Peters

12 Refutation of myths of inappropriateness of person-centred therapy at the difficult edge  Lisbeth Sommerbeck

Part 3: Research that supports practice

14 An investigation of the effectiveness of person-centred therapy for ‘psychotic’ processes in adult clients  Wendy Traynor

15  Pre-Therapy process and outcome: A review of research instruments and findings  Mathias Dekeyser, Garry Prouty and Robert Elliott

Intelligent, skilled, inspiring therapists offer chapters that teach us not only how to be therapists working with those at the ‘difficult edge’ but how to be better therapists with all our clients. This book gives us deep understanding of often misunderstood clients and the therapist’s inner dialogue in connecting with them. Charles O’Leary, author of The Practice of Person-Centred Couple and Family Therapy

This book identifies the challenges of contact with certain client groups and particular ‘difficult edges’. Throughout, the contributors hold the notion of empathy as a guiding light; both explicitly and implicitly documenting the profound impact of understanding and acceptance on others and self. Sheila Haugh, Associate Lecturer, Prague College of Psychosocial Studies, Czech Republic; Lecturer, Metanoia Institute, London, UK

As a newly qualified Person-Centred counsellor I found this book was just what I needed at this time, a book that celebrates the effectiveness of Person- Centred therapy. The way the book is set out is very useful in that there are three sections that each look firstly at practice, conceptualisations that support practice, and part three, research that supports practice…. It is a volume I have re-read several times so far, and will go back to when I need inspiration within my practice. Reviewed in The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (Vol. 17, No 2 2017) by Annette Duggan, Counsellor

... I feel this book has much to offer both the experienced person-centred practitioner, the student exploring a wider application of person-centred therapy, as well as practitioners from other modalities wishing to find out more.... I strongly recommend you read it ofr yourself in its entirely!  Reviewed in BAPCA's Person-Centred Quarterly, November 2014 by Claire Thomas.

This is for me a joyful book, in that it recognisis and celebrates the effectiveness of person-centred practice in areas that may traditionally have been the preserve of psychiatry, or focused on stabilisation and support rather than the facilitation of growth. Mike Gallant, Senior Teaching Fellow (Counselling & Psychotherapy), Warwick University. Reviewed in Therapy Today, December 2014

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Peter Pearce

Peter is Head of the Person-Centred Department at Metanoia Institute where, amongst other trainings, he runs an MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy, BA in Counselling, and the Practitioner Certificate in Person-Centred Practice at the Difficult Edge. He has provided person-centred counselling for nearly twenty five years, predominantly in ‘difficult edge’ situations within  UK National Health Service, multi-disciplinary community teams for adults with mental health issues and adults with learning disabilities, and with young people in inner London school settings.

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Lisbeth Sommerbeck

Lisbeth Sommerbeck

Lisbeth Sommerbeck is a clinical psychologist, accredited as a specialist in psychotherapy and supervision by the Danish Psychological Association. Since 1974 and until she retired in 2011 she was employed in Danish psychiatry, where the bulk of her work consisted in psychotherapy, supervision, consultation and teaching. She has written books and articles about various aspects of client-centred therapy and in 2002 she initiated the Danish Carl Rogers Forum.

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