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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

An excellent and time-tested, comprehensive book. Every new edition is substantially improved, and I cannot recommend this to students enough.

Mr Ian Townsend
Counselling, Blackburn College
March 24, 2014

This is a standard read on the topic and has stood the test of time!

Mr Simon O'Donohoe
Faculty of Care, Child Care, Entry Level, Counselling, and Landbased Studies, Carmarthenshire College
March 3, 2014

A very easy, useful book for students covering the basic principles of person centred counselling. Students found it useful in answering assignment relating to the benefits of person centred counselling. A good reference book historically as well as moving the student forward with new develpmemts in this theory.

Mrs Jackie Robertson
School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
February 24, 2014

One of the great contributions to the person centred approach

Mr John Marsden
Law, Justice and Community Studies, University Centre at Blackburn College
February 5, 2014

This book is essential reading for any person-centred trainee or counselling practitioner.

Dr Valda Swinton
Social Studies and Counselling, Chester University
December 4, 2013

Good book for further reading for adult students encountering patients with mental health issues.

Miss Moira Walker
Nursing, Bedfordshire University
October 25, 2013

Whilst there are a number of books on this subject I have found this one especially helpful. The use and range of practical examples is particularly helpful to students.

Mr Neil Evans
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
October 17, 2013

This text serves to update students regarding new developments in person-centred counseling theory and practice

Professor Chris Hoelson
Dept of Psychology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
September 30, 2013

This book is excellent and very readable. The transfer of skills are exceptionally described and easily understood.

Carol McGowan
Business and Humanities Department, Dundalk Institute of Technology
September 18, 2013

This is already on the reading list for BA1 communication and engagement in social work. A welcome new edition.

Miss Debbie Thackray
Social Work (Didsbury), Manchester Metropolitan University
July 23, 2013