• Dictionary of Person-Centred Psychology

Dictionary of Person-Centred Psychology

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ISBN 978 1 898059 88 2 (2002)
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This dictionary provides a comprehensive guide to key concepts in person-centred psychology. Whilst the person-centred approach to counselling and psychotherapy is one of the most popular today, it is also widely misunderstood. Definitions in this dictionary clarify concepts fundamental to the approach, summarise key and current debates within the approach, and, with extensive referencing, provide starting points for further study. Further entries emphasise the relationship between the person-centred and other approaches to psychology, as well as the social and cultural context of therapy. The book also includes entries on terms which have particular meaning within the person-centred approach.

An essential resource for all those wanting to understand the history of current developments within person-centred psychology.



Appendix 1: The 'cases' of Carl Rogers

Appendix 2: Contacts


This book reflects the coming of age of person-centred psychology as an established system of thought ... The authors have worked hard and carefully to distill information and meaning in an even factual style ... This encyclopaedic dictionary is a timely resource of considerable value for students and other readers in the counselling, mental health and helping fields. Goff Barrett-Lennard, Psychotherapy in Australia

... a fabulous idea for a book ... As a writer, researcher and teacher I've found Tudor and Merry's dictionary to be a welcome work-side companion. Jo Cohen, Person-Centered Journal

This is an admirable book, the result of much painstaking research and hard work. It will be an invaluable addition to all institutional libraries and staffrooms ... and an impressive addition to the person-centred literature. Pete Sanders, Person-Centred Practice

Keith Tudor

Keith Tudor is Professor of Psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of The Critical Institute, with a long and varied career in the psychotherapy profession as a practitioner, teacher, supervisor and academic. He trained originally in gestalt therapy, and subsequently in transactional analysis and person-centred psychology. He is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, in its Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College, and a provisional member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He is also a teaching and supervising transactional analyst, accredited by the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA). In 1993, with his partner, Louise Embleton, Tudor, he co-founded Temenos, an independent training organisation, which (still) runs courses in person-centred psychotherapy and counselling, and supervision. Keith is a widely published author in the field of psychotherapy and counselling, and mental health, with over 100 peer-reviewed outputs. His books include: with others, The Person-Centred Approach: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave, 2004); with Mike Worrall, Freedom to Practise: Person-centred approaches to supervision (PCCS Books, 2004) and Freedom to Practise II: Developing person-centred approaches to supervision (PCCS, 2007), and Person-centred Therapy: A Clinical Philosophy (Routledge, 2006); with Tony Merry, The Dictionary of Person-Centred Psychology (PCCS Books, 2006); with Graeme Summers, Co-creative Transactional Analysis: Papers, dialogues, responses, and developments (Karnac Books, 2014); Conscience and Critic: The selected works of Keith Tudor (Routledge, 2017); Pluralism in Psychotherapy: Critical reflections from a post-regulation landscape (Resource Books, 2017).

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Tony Merry

Tony Merry (1948–2004) was Reader in Psychology at the University of East London and taught on postgraduate and undergraduate courses in counselling and counselling psychology. He was author of several books and articles on counselling, including Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling — see below. He co-founded the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach (BAPCA) in 1989 and was editor of the BAPCA journal Person-Centred Practice until his untimely death in August 2004. He contributed to workshops and other person-centred events in Europe, including several with Carl Rogers in England, Ireland and Hungary in the 1980s.

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