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Idiosyncratic Person-Centred Therapy: From the personal to the universal

Idiosyncratic Person-Centred Therapy: From the personal to the universal

Suzanne Keys

ISBN 978 1 898059 56 1 (2003)

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When people think about Person-Centred Therapy, they have in their mind's eye a particular way of practising — maybe heavily influenced by seeing Carl Rogers on film. Although it is tempting to think that all person-centred therapists practice in this way, in reality there is a great deal of variation. In this unique book, Suzanne Keys has compiled accounts of therapists' idiosyncratic practice of Person-Centred Therapy to give lie to the myth that all are nodding Rogers' clones.

 

Foreword  Brian Thorne

Editorial Comments Suzanne Keys

1. Introduction Suzanne Keys

2. Acceptance, Power and the Velveteen Rabbit Terry Daly

3. Softly, can I do it softly? Jan Hawkins 

4. Who am I? Omar Sattaur

5. The Idiosyncratic Counsellor: Preparation, assessment, contracting and ending Annette Ansell

6. Intention, Coherence and Spirituality in the Person-Centred Approach Sholto Thompson

7. Companions on a Journey Dick MacDonald

8. Skateboarding on Redundant Mortar Tracey Walshaw

9. An Idiosyncratic Client-Centred Relationship Irene Fairhurst

10. Idiosyncrasy Through the Core Conditions and Beyond Jenny Biancardi

11. Beads on a String Rose Battye

Epilogue Tony Merry

I have little doubt that the book will incite controversy and, in some quarters, hostility or even contempt. If it does not do so it will probably have failed to communicate its essentially seditious challenge. It is this same challenge, however, which will be a source of inspiration for those therapists who long to bring to their therapeutic work the richness of their own creativity and the power of their unique empathic responsiveness. Suzanne Keys is to be congratulated on bringing together so varied a team of contributors and on enabling them to provide such compelling glimpses into the disciplined freedom of an approach to therapy which is only now revealing the full implications of its radical nature. Brian Thorne

… The book encouraged me to value my idiosyncrasies and challenged me to resist my own tendency (and other people's introjects) to try to 'do it right' … [the book] proposes that Person-Centred Therapy is inherently idiosyncratic, quite in keeping with Rogers' own thinking. Suzanne comments on the diverse ways contributors have planned and written their chapters, and on the importance of client perspectives … This book is unique in challenging the contributors deliberately to expose their own peculiarities, with the help of their clients … this book amply demonstrates that the 'private mixture' of a therapist is one of their most valuable gifts in a relationship. John Freestone in ipnosis number 14

Suzanne Keys

Suzanne Keys

Suzanne Keys works as a counsellor and supervisor in private practice and in a Sixth Form College in London. She comes from Northern Ireland and has lived and worked in Italy, France and the Ivory Coast, West Africa. She has published chapters in The BAPCA Reader (PCCS Books) and in Experiences of Counsellor Training (Palgrave Macmillan) and a chapter with a young man: 'Disability, Multidimensionality and Love: The politics of a counselling relationship' in Further Education in Politicizing the Person-Centred Approach (PCCS Books). She edited Idiosyncratic Person-Centred Practice and co-edited Person-Centered Work with Children and Young People (both PCCS Books). She has been involved in the committees for BAPCA (British Association for the Person-Centred Approach) and the NEAPCCP (Network of the European Associations for Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy). She is passionate about the person-centred approach and enjoys international conferences. She lives in London with her partner and young son and is increasingly interested in taking time to experience different ways of being.

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