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Counselling offers an opportunity to explore and understand issues that may be preventing one from living a full and satisfying life.

Counselling is generally short term in nature, often with a specific focus, perhaps solution based;  examples are;

Career Counselling
Bereavement Counselling
Addiction Counselling

However counselling can also be long term and cover a whole range of issues. For instance, Person centred Counselling tends to be longer term.

Within the UK the boundaries between Counselling and Psychotherapy are unclear because of the cross over between disciplines, but as said above the general "rule of thumb" is the tendency of Counselling to be solution based with specific goals and with a fixed period of time generally set at the outset.

Person Centred Counselling is very closely related to Psychotherapy and is an approach developed by the American Carl Rogers, in the late 1940's and early 50's as an alternative to the prevalent analytical therapeutic approaches initially developed by Freud and others.

It is a non-intrusive approach which places emphasis on the need for acceptance rather than "expert" control or intervention. Allowing the client to trust there own process and building there own potential to understand themselves, to resolve their problems; that they are capable of self-directed growth if the nurturing therapeutic relationship is built within sessions. Therefore Person Centred Counselling relies on the personal qualities as well as the professional understanding of the Counsellor, and the quality of the counsellor/ client relationship.

A "good" counsellor will have an Empathic understanding as well as an understanding of the client's experiences, being with the clients experience and guiding then to change unhelpful behaviours. This is coupled with the counsellor maintaining a genuine care for the client.

By focusing on the client's responsibility and capacity to discover ways of discovering more of their own reality, leading to a greater self awareness.

See also Psychotherapy

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Person-centred Counselling: Therapeutic and Spiritual Dimensions
Brian Thorne
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This book brings together the work and writings from 12 years of the author's professional life as a person-centred therapist, during which time he has also maintained the commitment to Christianity which began in his childhood.
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Handbook of Individual Therapy
Windy Dryden
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This book provides an excellent overview of differing mainstream counselling approaches. Written and set out in a clear and concise way it covers both theoretical and practical information. The book includes information on numerous approaches including; Cognitive, Gestalt, Personal Construct, Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Transactional, and Rational Emotive Behaviour therapy and others.
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