On Being a Client: Understanding the Process of Counselling and Psychotherapy

On Being a Client: Understanding the Process of Counselling and Psychotherapy

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By (author) David Howe

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 30 August 1993
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0803988893
  • ISBN 13: 9780803988897
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 397,857

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'This book explores what clients have to say about their experience of the psychotherapeutic process. David Howe observes that, regardless of the therapist's theoretical orientation, clients say similar things about their experience of being helped (and not being helped). It is the non-specifics of genuineness, a secure trusting atmosphere, empathy and warmth that offer the vehicle for encouraging a dialogue of personal intimate material, and of "making sense" and understanding when we are in pain, puzzled or worried...This is an easy and gentle read...For those interested in Attachment Theory, this would be a useful addition to their bookshelf' - Clinical Psychology Forum There is a growing interest in what clients have to say about their experiences of counselling and psychotherapy. In a powerful analysis of this subject, David Howe identifies a number of clear and potent messages. He explores such questions as why clients say the things they say and why the therapeutic alliance holds out such promise, and, using the client's experience as a platform, seeks to create a general theory of counselling and psychotherapy.The author draws on a number of new and exciting ideas emerging in developmental psychology, sociology and the brain sciences to discuss the process by which the human infant becomes an individual as well as a competent social being. From the basis that the social and psychological structures which generate the client's experience underlie all psychotherapeutic encounters, the book then explores how the self forms and then re-forms in social relationships, including those established during counselling and psychotherapy. In conclusion, the reader is invited to consider a number of thought-provoking claims about the universal qualities that characterize good and bad practice in all schools of counselling, therapy and the helping process.

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Author information

David Howe is Senior Lecturer in the School of Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia. His publications include The Consumers' View of Family Therapy (1989) and, with P Sawbridge and D Hinings, Half a Million Women: Mothers Who Lose Their Children by Adoption (1992).

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'This book explores what clients have to say about their experience of the psychotherapeutic process. David Howe observes that, regardless of the therapist's theoretical orientation, clients say similar things about their experience of being helped (and not being helped). It is the non-specifics of genuineness, a secure trusting atmosphere, empathy and warmth that offer the vehicle for encouraging a dialogue of personal intimate material, and of "making sense" and understanding when we are in pain, puzzled or worried... This is an easy and gentle read... For those interested in Attachment Theory, this would be a useful addition to their bookshelf' - Clinical Psychology Forum 'David Howe develops a theory of counselling on the basis of what clients say about their experience of it... The book will interest Samaritans who want to explore the theory behind what Chad has called our listening therapy - why it is necessary and why it works' - The Samaritan 'For those in social work who still see helping as providing the crucial core of what they do and the way they do it, this book is essential reading... The book provides a clear and very readable insight into the helping process... In a previous age David Howe would have been thanked for providing an important social work text. I think he has and I am sure many social work students and practitioners will find it invaluable. What he has done is ask us to urgently consider what the nature of social work is in its contemporary form' - British Journal of Social Work

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION Love and Work PART ONE: ACCEPT ME Warm and Friendly Acceptance A Secure Base PART TWO: UNDERSTAND ME Understanding People Knowing Other Minds Natural Psychologists Biology and Experience The Development of Social Understanding The Origins of the Empathetic Counsellor PART THREE: TALK WITH ME The Chance to Talk Description Narrative Dialogue PART FOUR: THE FORMATION AND RE-FORMATION OF THE SELF IN SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS The Formation of the Self in Social Relationships The Nature of the Counselling Relationship