The revised and updated edition of this practical, accessible book gives a clear introduction to personal construct counselling for counselling trainees and practitioners alike. Outlining the key principles of the personal construct approach to counselling and relating them to practice, the book carefully explores ways in which counsellors, through credulous listening to everything the client says - and does not say - can build the client's awareness of the manner in which he or she construes problems. The range of methods that can be used to help the counsellor and client learn more about inherent contradictions and their implications, are described and illustrated. The book goes on to show how the counsellor and client in partnership can then devise experiments for change through which the client can try out new and more rewarding ways of construing and acting. A number of approaches to facilitating change are discussed and exemplified. The book includes a detailed case study of the counselling process with one particular client.
The Ideas behind the Action
Setting the Scene
The Framework for Understanding Problems and Possibilities
Exploring the Client's World
Counselling as a Process of Reconstruction
The Process of Change for Lisa
Ending the Process of PCP Counselling - and Beyond