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Person-centred therapy is a humanistic approach developed by Carl Rogers in the 1950s. Human beings have an innate tendency to develop themselves and often this can become distorted. Using the person-centred approach puts the client’s own perception central to the therapy.

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Person-Centred and Experiential Therapies: Contemporary Approaches and Issues in Practice


An essential new guide for any person-centred trainee or practitioner, this book offers a unique focus on how to practise the various contemporary person-centred therapies. Written by leading UK-based and international authors, this authoritative and thought-provoking book is a must-read for anyone keen to understand the many approaches of person-centred therapy.

"The chapter by Steve Cox is one of the best I have seen on the relational approach. It could be read with advantage by any therapist claiming to be integrative because it covers so much ground so well. The fourth chapter is by Glenn Fleish, and is a completely up to date look at Focusing and body language. Again it is extremely well done and contains a moving case study."

- John, ACPNL Magazine

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CP megaphone Recommended reading 


The counselling and psychotherapy hub is full of useful links, book chapters, interactive videos and more. Here are a few books to add to your collection of resources:


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Understanding Person-Centred Counselling: A Personal Journey 

This book provides a key introduction to the theory, concepts and practice of the person-centred approach through the lens of the practitioner’s experience and personal development. Writing as someone who has been through real-life challenges and has developed and learned as a result, the author’s strikingly personal style not only helps to contextualise complex and nuanced theory but makes this a truly unique book about real person-centred practice and experience.

Carl Rogers was a key influencer when it comes to the subject of Person-Centred therapy. Read about 'The Evolution of Rogers' Philosophy' to find out more.


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Person-Centred Counselling in Action 

This bestselling book maintains the accessibility and verve of previous editions while incorporating new developments in the person-centred approach. John McLeod joins authors Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne to contribute an exciting new chapter on research relevant to the person-centred field.

This important Fourth Edition maintains the book's accessibility, clarity and verve whilst incorporating new developments in the approach. It's an invaluable resource for those embarking on their first stages of training.

"A detailed analysis of the person-centred approach to counselling which will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding to a critical level. Key concepts are explained in depth and illustrated with appropriate examples."

- Mrs Suzi Smale, Psychology, Petroc College



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Person-Centred Counselling in a Nutshell 

Providing a concise introduction to the theory and practice of person-centred counselling, Person-Centred Counselling in a Nutshell is the ideal place to start for anyone reading about the approach for the first time.

For a jargon-free introduction to Person-centred therapy take a look at a sample chapter.

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