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Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling (2nd edition)

Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling (2nd edition)

Tony Merry

ISBN 978 1 898059 53 0 (2002)

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The second edition of this hugely popular book offers in-depth discussion of all aspects of person-centred counselling from its origins to current developments in theory and practice. 

The coverage of the topics is innovative, comprehensive and thorough. Tony Merry is renowned for his straightforward and accessible writing style, making Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling suitable for a wide variety of readers. The clear presentation is augmented by end-of-chapter checklists and the book is brought to life with suggestions for exploring and developing person-centred values, qualities, attitudes and skills. Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling is recommended for: certificate and diploma in counselling trainees and tutors; undergraduate psychology students and lecturers; nurses and social workers in training; those on vocational and professional helping professions-related courses; trainees on integrative, cognitive or psychodynamic courses; anyone seeking input on contemporary person-centred theory and practice.


•Introduction to person-centred counselling
•Human nature, actualisation and the emerging self
•Self and person
•Towards a theory of person-centred counselling
•Person-centred counselling in practice
•Working at 'relational depth': 'the kid with the chips'
•Developing person-centred values, skills, attitudes and personal qualities
•Training issues: Client work and personal development

This is an extremely comprehensive book which is written in an accessible style. It has a lot of practical applications and exercises as well as clearly explaining the theories.  It is effective in linking the theory to the real experience and has a chapter about training and placement issues which will be ideal for students. I will certainly be recommending this text to students. Gary Morris, Mental Health Nursing Lecturer, University of Leeds, 2013.

Tony Merry

Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling (2nd edition)

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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