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Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy


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Chapter 1 - Foundations for a relational therapy Chapter 2 - Psychological distress: a relational understanding Chapter 3 - Relational depth in therapy: what it is and why it may help Chapter 4 - A continuing relationship at depth: 'reaching the parts...' Chapter 5 - Working with Dominic: a 'partial' drunk Chapter 6 - Earning the right to work with Rick: a traumatised client Chapter 7 - Facilitating a meeting at relational depth Chapter 8 - The therapist's developmental agenda Chapter 9 - Towards a revolution

About the Author

Dave Mearns is formerly Director of the Counselling Unit and Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Dave is author or co-author of four other counselling books published by SAGE: Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Second Edition, Experiences of Counselling in Action, Person-Centred Counselling Training and Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice. Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, where he is Director of the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST). Mick is a chartered psychologist, a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and a Fellow of the BACP. Mick is author and editor of a range of texts on person-centred, existential and relational approaches to therapy; including Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2005, SAGE, with Dave Mearns), Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (2011, SAGE, with John McLeod) and Existential Therapies (2nd edn, 2017, SAGE). Mick has led a series of research studies exploring the processes and outcomes of humanistic counsel ling with young people. Mick is the father of four children and lives in Brighton on the south coast of England.


Only occasionally do books change the very way we think about practice and introduce concepts that have the power to redefine some of our work, the first edition of Working at Relational Depth did just that, and this second edition takes us several steps further. Entirely updated, refreshed and contemporary in its approach this is, once again, a tour de force in the literature; a further critical development in our understanding of the relationship in counselling and psychotherapy.

-- Dr Andrew Reeves

Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2nd Edition, co-authored by Mick Cooper and Dave Mearns, is a wonderful book which should be on every counsellor's and counsellor training course's reading list.

-- Moira Bishop

This book reminds us that therapy is both an art and a science. The struggle to find words to describe moments of deep healing between two people is balanced by an absorbing look at the neuroscience, developmental psychology and evidence that underpin relational depth. This is both poetry and prose which speak across the different modalities to all therapists who care about their clients.

-- Fiona Ballantine Dykes, Intergrative Therapist and Head of Professional Standards BACP
The illustrative examples, client accounts and research meshed together into an enjoyable, informative and thought provoking read. It enabled me to realize that, fundamentally, working at relational depth means two human-beings allowing themselves to be seen exactly as they are. Human. With flaws and fears and needs and desires. -- Heather Rimmer

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