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In this essay I will be looking at two books based on Carl Rogers Person Centred Approach.

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, BOOK REVIEW INTRODUCTION In this essay I will be looking at two books based on Carl Rogers Person Centred Approach, the books in question are (client centred therapy in action by Brain Thorne and Dave Mearns) and (the Carl Rogers reader by Howard Kirschenbaum and Valerie Henderson) I will be looking at the style of the books, how easy I find the books to read, the layout of the books and the text style; I will evaluate both books and compare. I hope by the end of this essay I have a better understanding of the Person Centred Counselling approach and thus enabling me to improve my own counselling skills. The first book I will review is (Client Centred Therapy in Action by Brain Thorne and Dave Mearns) Person Centred Therapy in Action My first impression of this book is the price of the book, at �14.99 I feel it is rather expensive as the book contains only 178 pages, I feel a student like me really needs to purchase this book as the book will be used constantly as my course progresses. After saying that, at a first glance it seems to cover the core conditions very well in clear separate chapters, the book is clearly written with easy to read good size text, the book is well categorised enabling me to obtain information easily and quickly. ...read more.


I always try and look at it in simple terms, being genuine. On reading the chapter on Congruence, the first thing I noticed was samples of Counsellors Incongruence and other of Congruence, one of the samples was thirty minutes into a first session, the Counsellor said after a long silence, "no...no...I can't see how I can help you (pause) it seems that your so tied up by all that past experience that its difficult to know who you are, never mind knowing whether or not I can help you" (Mearns and Thorne 2001:87-88). This Congruent response proved to be most useful to the client if somewhat risky, for a first session, "It was a great relief to Bob to find a helper who did not promise to help him, every other helper had promised that and none had succeeded" (Mearns and Thorne 2001:87-88). This tells me that sometimes to be truly congruent we as counsellors have to take risks. The chapter then went on to look at samples of Incongruence, there is a really good example of this, the counsellor says "I think it would be good for us to meet again as soon as possible", "while simultaneously looking bored" (Mearns and Thorne 2001:93). This sounds to me as if the counsellor is giving out a double message, saying one thing and his body language saying something else which would be very detrimental to the client. ...read more.


The Person Centred Counselling in Action book is a book I would thoroughly recommend by far too any fellow trainee Counsellor. The reasons for this, I feel are; the chapters are clearly set out, they are written in terms that are easily understood for example, the three core conditions are written under their own chapters unlike in The Carl Rogers Reader where the core conditions are only briefly mentioned under one chapter and are mentioned in various other parts of the book but only in minute detail. So I feel as a quick reference book this book would be too time consuming. The Mearns and Thorne book used language which I could easily understand, simple use of words. The Carl Rogers reader used long complicated and technical words and at times I found them very confusing and could not understand what Carl Rogers was trying to say. After saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the first chapter on Carl Rogers life as he made quite a few personal disclosures of which I could relate to. Another thing I liked about The Mearns and Thorne book is the use of examples in boxes these I feel were a good learning tool which clarified the main text. To Summarise I feel the Mearns and Thorne book was a far superior book to me as a trainee counsellor. The Carl Rogers Reader in my opinion would be more suited to the more highly skilled professional counsellor or anyone who has an interest in the life works of Carl Rogers. ...read more.

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