• The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer

The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer

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ISBN 978 1 898059 82 0 (2007)
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The new Counselling Primer series from PCCS Books, supplementary to the bestselling Steps in Counselling series, is suitable for both beginners and higher level students who want a succinct boost to their knowledge of a particular area. Beginners will find the style companionable and reassuring, while more advanced readers will appreciate the incisive and authoritative writing with pointers for further reading and resources. Trainers will find the series a dependable learning aid.

Counselling Primers bridge the gap between introductory, intermediate and diploma level courses, each book providing a concise overview of a particular counselling approach. Each Counselling Primer will be a perfect essay resource or a springboard for further study.

A series of 8 books including:
• Person-Centered  • Experiential  •Existential  •Intergrative  •Focusing-Oriented  •Psychodynamic •Contact Work



1. The origins of focusing-oriented counselling

2. A special way of talking

3. The idea of a ‘felt sense’

4. Focusing: working with the whole thing

5. Working with thinking and emotion

6. The focusing process

7. Focusing partnerships

8. The core of focusing-oriented counselling

9. Helping the client to relate to their experiencing

10. A focusing-oriented counselling transcript

11. Glimpses of a theory

12. Research into focusing and focusing-oriented counselling

13. Focusing-oriented counselling and the schools of therapy

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This slim and elegant book does exactly 'what is says on the tin' - it prepares the reader for a clear and basic understanding of the subject of Focusing-Oriented Counselling ... whilst also pointing the way to further exploration and development ... I will be recommending this book to our new students and to any fellow practitioners who want to get to grips with what focusing is and how they could incorporate it for personal development and to help clients get 'carried forward'... Trudy Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Counselling, University of Cumbria. BJGC 36(4) 2008.

Campbell Purton

Campbell Purton has written extensively on focusing and focusing-oriented therapy. He studied philosophy and the history and philosophy of science in London and Alberta, and holds a PhD in philosophy. He was a lecturer in philosophy before training as a person-centred counsellor and becoming interested in Gendlin's focusing-oriented therapy. He introduced focusing to the University of East Anglia's counselling diploma course, and was later Director of the UEA postgraduate diploma/MA course in focusing and experiential psychotherapy. He has continued to work in the philosophy of therapy and was involved in setting up the first focusing-oriented therapy training course in China. His books include Person-Centred Counselling: The focusing-oriented approach, The Trouble with Psychotherapy: Counselling and common sense, and Self-Therapy: A focusing-oriented approach. Some of his other publications can be found on his website at www.dwelling.me.uk

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