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Person-Centred Counselling in Action

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  17 reviews
`The discussion of empathy, acceptance and congruence is central and should be required reading for all trainees working to understand the richness of these core concepts... outstanding' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

Widely regarded as a classic text, Person-Centred Counselling in Action has now been revised and updated to take a
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 13th 1999 by Sage Publications Ltd (first published 1988)
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Justin Hellings
A very clearly written description with numerous, helpful, real-world examples of the application of person-centred principles in counselling. I found the book both illuminating and inspiring.

This was the first book I read on any kind of counselling or psychotherapy. I had been learning about PCC (as well as CBT and psychodynamic therapies) in an introductory counselling course and I felt that the course was enough of an introduction for me to get in to this book.

The examples were all real, whi
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to person-centred psychotherapy. Explains and expands on Carl Rogers’ work in a contemporary way. The structure focuses on the most important conditions for growth in a therapeutic relationship (empathy, congruence, and acceptance), concluding in an insightful case study where all the theory is explained in a concrete way. These sections are worth price of admission alone, as they were valuable in providing an insight into the intimate therapy process (the beginning, middle ...more
Steve Berger
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important and useful text, but I felt that I got more from 'Working At Relational Depth' than this. Still though, a must for any trainee counsellor looking to develop a good understanding of PCT. Also, the central case study is both incredibly moving and powerful, and makes the book something even more than just a study of PCT. ...more
Jane Brooks
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A therapeutic read

If you want to read about human interaction at its best, read this book. Amazing insight into this form of counselling
Kate Carrington
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super useful text book for anyone that is studying Person Centred Counselling :)
Nathan Hodgson
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it
A bit wordy for a practical guide to PCT. Was nothing if not exhaustive.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
As someone who is only just starting to learn about counselling, I thought this book did an excellent job of explaining the guiding principles of the person-centred approach without ever being too academic or difficult to understand. I loved the examples of counsellor-client interactions given throughout the book and the case study in the final chapters because they made it easy to see how the ideas in the book are applied in real life, not just in an idealised version of real life where everyth ...more
Alison Christie
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diploma-reading
currently reading.....excellent for dipping in and out of for specific information about Person Centred Counselling, but also an interesting read chapter-by-chapter.
Really helpful in developing an understanding of not only how this approach works, but also a greater understanding of the Self.
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent if you are interested in PC Counselling?
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book for every therapist-beginner
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction to person-centred counselling and the values and beliefs behind it. Easy to read, and engaging.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Read this whilst doing a counselling course several years again. I found it a really useful book, easy to read.
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I found all the 'In action' book series very helpful - clear, concise and understandable! ...more
Vickie Fox-
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A clear and straightforward book to read, suitable for trainees or those just interested in learning about a person-centred approach.
Sally McRogerson
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would recommend this highly readable book for anyone training to be a counsellor.
Peter Koukoulis
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychotherapy
Only read this once you've read all of Carl Rogers's books. ...more
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