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Person-Centred Practice at the Difficult Edge

by Peter Pearce and Lisbeth Sommerbeck PCCS Books
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Pbk 190 pages
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This book presents accounts of the practice of the person-centred approach (PCA) with people suffering from a range of severe and enduring conditions. Comprehensively refuting the notion that person-centred therapy is suitable only for the 'worried well', it backs up contemporary practice with appropriate theory. For students, academic and professional audiences. Contributions include: Person-centred therapy with post-traumatic stress (Stephen Joseph and David Murphy); Tenuous contact - Person-centred therapy with adolescent process (Peter Pearce and Ros Sewell); Pre-Therapy with psychotic clients (Dion van Werde); Refutation of myths of inappropriateness of person-centered therapy at the difficult edge (Lisbeth Sommerbeck); Difficult processes (Margaret Warner) and several other chapters from leading theorists and practitioners.

Part 1: Practice

1 Understanding posttraumatic stress and facilitating posttraumatic growth David Murphy and Stephen Joseph

2 Person-centred therapy with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse Jan Hawkins

3 Person-centred therapy with people with learning disabilities: Happy people wear hats Jan Hawkins

4 ‘Tenuous contact’: New theory about adolescent process Peter Pearce and Ros Sewell

5 Pre-Therapy at its edges: From palliative care to exercising newly recovered
contact functioning Dion Van Werde

6 Combining person-centred therapy and Pre-Therapy with clients at the difficult edge Lisbeth Sommerbeck

7 A person-centred approach to counselling clients with autistic process Anja Rutten

8 Person-centred therapy for people with dementia Danuta Lipinska

9 Pre-Therapy and dementia – the opportunity to put Person-Centred theory into everyday practice Penny Dodds, Pamela Bruce-Hay and Sally Stapleton

Part 2: Conceptualisations that support practice

10 Client processes at the difficult edge Margaret Warner

11 The relation between intersubjectivity, imitation, mirror neurons, empathy and Pre-Therapy Hans Peters

12 Refutation of myths of inappropriateness of person-centred therapy at the difficult edge Lisbeth Sommerbeck

Part 3: Research that supports practice

14 An investigation of the effectiveness of person-centred therapy for ‘psychotic’ processes in adult clients Wendy Traynor

15 Pre-Therapy process and outcome: A review of research instruments and findings Mathias Dekeyser, Garry Prouty and Robert Elliott

Peter is Head of the Person-Centred Department at Metanoia Institute where, amongst other trainings, he runs an MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy, BA in Counselling, and the Practitioner Certificate in Person-Centred Practice at the Difficult Edge. He has provided person-centred counselling for nearly twenty five years, predominantly in ‘difficult edge’ situations within UK National Health Service, multi-disciplinary community teams for adults with mental health issues and adults with learning disabilities, and with young people in inner London school settings.

Lisbeth Sommerbeck is a clinical psychologist, accredited as a specialist in psychotherapy and supervision by the Danish Psychological Association. Since 1974 she has been employed in Dianalund Psychiatric Hospital in Denmark, where the bulk of her work has been, and still is, psychotherapy, supervision, consultation and teaching. She therefore has solid personal experience with the ups and downs of being dedicated to the person-centred approach in psychiatric contexts and practising client-centred therapy with psychiatric clients. She is the initiator of the recently created Danish Carl Rogers Forum.