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Summary

It is now 25 years since the first edition of Person-Centred Counselling in Action appeared, offering the definitive exposition of the theory and practice of the person-centered approach. Since then the book has supported and inspired hundreds of thousands of trainees and practitioners worldwide. 

This important fourth edition maintains the book's accessibility, clarity and verve whilst incorporating new developments in the approach. John McLeod joins authors Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne to contribute an exciting new chapter on research relevant to the person-centered field. 

Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Fourth Edition will be an invaluable resource for those embarking on their first stages of training. Well-established practitioners and even seasoned scholars will continue to find much to interest and stimulate them.

Dave Mearns is professor of counselling and retired Director of the Counselling Unit of the University of Strathclyde. He has written seven books including Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with Mick Cooper) and is co-editor of the international journal, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. 

Brian Thorne is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of East Anglia, Norwich where he was previously director of counselling and of the Centre for Counselling Studies. He is also a co-founder of the Norwich Centre and continues to work there as a professional fellow.

John McLeod is emeritus professor of counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee and adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway.

©2013 Professor Dave Mearns and Professor Brian Thorne (P)2020 SAGE Publications Ltd

Critic reviews

"This fourth edition has all the strengths of the previous editions but includes a new chapter on recent developments in person-centred theory and practice, as well as a chapter on developments in research by John McLeod. The chapter on research, which comes at the end of the book, is an excellent explanation of why person-centred practitioners must both be informed by and engage with research, which will totally convince the doubters (like me). The book remains an invaluable introduction to person-centred concepts and can be used as both a reference and a reminder for those already familiar with the approach, to inform practice, enrich supervision or as a study aid for students. It is a resounding riposte to those who continue to refuse to acknowledge the clinical relevance and proven efficacy of this approach." (Val Simanowitz, Person-Centred BACP Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor Therapy Today)

"Person-Centred Counselling in Action continues to inform and inspire my doctoral students and lead them to a deeper, much more nuanced understanding of the Person-Centred approach. Moreover, the book has been invaluable in instilling many of the core principles that enable them to become skilled practitioners, mindful of what the therapeutic relationship really means' (Dr. Susan Maise Strauss, senior university teacher in counselling psychology, City University London) 

"This book has influenced a generation of counsellors and the new edition continues to offer insight and wisdom." (Janet Tolan, Psychotherapist and author of Skills in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Excellent and practical overview

This book makes you want to become a person-centered counselor. It makes a strong case for it and explains in detail and with many examples how to use the approach. It is also an honest book, i.e. the authors don't shy away from giving their opinions on topics that may be controversial in some environments.

The only unpleasant thing about this recording is the verbal mentioning of all references within a sentence or at the end of a sentence. This makes it hard to listen to it. The reading style is also a bit staid. However the excellent content overrides the style issues.

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Racist?

The chapter on research includes the following quote, ‘There is no need for more reseach into the process of outcomes of person centred counselling for members of non western ethnic and religious groups.’ Why? There is currently no in depth in research in this area. Was this a recording error? It’s a pretty big one if so.

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Almost perfect

It was a really good reading of the book, kept it informative and interesting. The only thing that bothered near the end was how the reader mispronounced the word 'quantitative' as "quantative".

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Take out the references

The narrator is good but the decision to have him read all of the references holts the flow of the book.

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Good start for knowledge of PCC

Brilliant for gaining a base knowledge on person centered counselling. Delivered in clear and informative way.

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Really informative

Great read, I'll be reading this again for sure to aid my continued personal development...

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A Useful Book for Professionals and Laypersons

This book covers key terms used in conjunction with Person-Centred Therapy. There is a review of techniques, used in this treatment modality with the clear explanation that use of techniques is less important than in other treatment forms. What may be most useful, about the book, is the vignettes, providing examples of how Person-Centred Therapy is applied in session.