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Person-Centred Counselling in Action

Person-Centred Counselling in Action

Fourth Edition

January 2013 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Audio book out now.

It is now 25 years since the first edition of Person-Centred Counselling in Action appeared, offering the definitive exposition of the theory and practice of the person-centred approach. Since then the book has supported and inspired hundreds of thousands of trainees and practitioners worldwide. This important Fourth Edition maintains the book's accessibility, clarity and verve whilst incorporating new developments in the approach. John McLeod joins authors Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne to contribute an exciting new chapter on research relevant to the person-centred field.

Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Fourth Edition will be an invaluable resource for those embarking on their first stages of training. Well-established practitioners and even seasoned scholars will continue to find much to interest and stimulate them.


Dave Mearns is professor of counselling and retired Director of the Counselling Unit of the University of Strathclyde. He has written seven books including Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with Mick Cooper) and is co-editor of the international journal, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.


Brian Thorne is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of East Anglia, Norwich where he was previously Director of Counselling and of the Centre for Counselling Studies. He is also a Co-founder of the Norwich Centre and continues to work there as a Professional Fellow.


John McLeod is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee and adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Basic Theory of the Person-Centred Approach
Recent Developments in Person-Centred Theory
The Counsellor's Use of the Self
Unconditional Positive Regard
Research on Person-Centred Counselling
Appendix: Questions and Responses

Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Fourth Edition is an invaluable resource for those beginning counsellor training. The experienced practitioner is also find much to interest and stimulate them.

John McLeod's contribution on research relevant to the person-centred approach is a welcome addition to the already must read and study for trainee counsellors.

This clearly and simply written text has numerous case examples to illuminate the person-centred approach. A must have for the book shelve.

Ms Eilish McGuinness
Counselling & Psychotherapy Department, PCI College
February 7, 2015

This is our main text for the Person Centered modules. It provides an excellent and up to date overview of the Person Centered approach.

Gus Murray
Social and General Studies, Cork Institute of Technology
December 14, 2015

This is a helpful and well structured book that gives a clear overview of the theory with links to practice.

Dr Gillian Constable
Division of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University
February 5, 2015

Excellent book for all educational practitioners who are involved in the mental health and wellbeing of students and wish to support their understanding of the person centered approach to counselling.

Ms Karen Roper
Business, care and teacher training, Yeovil College
January 23, 2015

Person-centred matches our programme's principles and is what the module is based upon

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
September 19, 2014

A must have book for any Person-Centred Counsellor or student studying counselling

Miss Nicola Lord
department of health, preston collage
August 5, 2014

This is an important book for anyone studying communication between people. It is aimed at those involved in person-centred counselling, however any such techniques are of use to those communicating daily with other people - certainly within a professional, helping service.

Mr Walter Green
Learning & Development, Cleveland Police
May 24, 2014

(Not Early Years Course; BTEC Counselling Skills Dip. & Worcs. Uni Foundation Degree in Counselling.) This is on the book list for all these courses. We already had it but have ordered 5 more.
Students find this accessible; it has good examples and is well designed with inset boxes for examples then referred to in the text. It draws on a wealth of other writers and has a comprehensive reference list which students can use to access further reading.

Miss Gem Duncan
Community Health, Hereford & Ludlow College
May 22, 2014

This update will be added to the essential reading list for trainee counsellors. Continued developments in the Person Centred Approach are documented in a style that is accessible and relevant to trainee counsellors.

Mrs Denise Hardy
Dept of Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
May 15, 2014

A fabulous update - in my opinion, if a trainee reads only one book (and I sincerely hope this is never the case!) then this has to be it!

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
April 10, 2014