• The Person-Centred Counselling Primer

The Person-Centred Counselling Primer

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ISBN 978 1 898059 80 6 (2006)
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The Person-Centred Counselling Primer by popular author Pete Sanders is the first in the series, comprising 120 pages of essential information in Sanders’ approachable and encouraging style. This book presents an unparalleled, comprehensive description of person-centred counselling in the twenty-first century. Personality theory, motivation, therapy theory, non-directivity and the process of change are all covered in Pete Sanders’ easy and accessible style. It is written for: Students requiring:
• comprehensive introductory text for initial person-centred training,
• input for comparative essays and therapeutic approaches on integrative courses,
• a theory bridge between introductory and certificate/diploma level texts. Anyone requiring a concise, understandable yet authoritative guide to person-centred counselling theory and practice.

The new Counselling Primer series from PCCS Books, supplementary to the best-selling 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 Person-Centred Counselling
2 Personality
3 The Actualising Tendency
4 Psychological Contact
5 The Client Needs Help
6 The Counsellor is Ready to Help
7 Unconditional Positive Regard
8 Empathy
9 The Client Feels Understood and Accepted
10 Being Non-directive
11 The Process of Change
12 Person-Centred Counselling Transcript
13 Applications of Person-Centred Counselling
14 Research into Person-Centred Counselling Appendix: Resources for Learning

‘Simply the best introduction to Person-Centred Therapy: accessible, masterful, concise, comprehensive.’ Paul Wilkins

‘It’s excellent and I’m recommending it wholeheartedly. It’s a delight.’ Mike Worrall

‘Well-written, accurate, intelligent, mature, fresh, authoritative, comprehensive and critical.’ Keith Tudor

‘A tour de force. I have recommended it to colleagues at home and abroad.' Colin Lago

‘If you read nothing else, read this.’ Sheila Haugh

Pete Sanders

Pete Sanders worked as a volunteer at ‘Off The Record’, Newcastle-upon Tyne, in 1972 before completing a degree in psychology at the university there, and then the postgraduate diploma in counselling at Aston University. He practised as a counsellor, educator and clinical supervisor for more than 30 years, and published widely on many aspects of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health, as well as co-founding PCCS Books in 1993. After practising and teaching counselling, he continued to have an active interest in developing person-centred theory, the politics of counselling and psychotherapy, and the demedicalisation of distress.  He died in February 2022.

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