‘This is the most stimulating, thorough, in-depth work on empathy as originated and developed by Carl Rogers within client-centred therapy and the person-centred approach that a reader will find. It provides a rigorous look at empathic understanding, with practical case illustrations throughout. 'What a ‘cornucopia’ of offerings are provided in this book. The quotes and extracts from Rogers are always to the point, and explorations of the concepts rich and original, each amplifying, yet not changing, Carl’s meanings. This book has a unique format and style, merging tradition with innovation and whimsy. It is both intellectually stimulating and very personal. I was delighted with the wit, humour, and plays on words. When compared with the reductionistic, stereotypic depiction of Rogers’ work in so many previous texts outside the Person Centred Approach community, this book is a breath of fresh air. I believe Steve has guided us with elegance and insight, wisdom and compassion, towards deeper understandings of the genius and profundity of Carl Rogers’ work and his principles. While the audience for this book might best be considered to be those in training as therapists, or students using the book as a university text, it will also be most helpful for practitioners who want to review and renew a deeper understanding of Rogers’ approach. Potential clients, in seeking a safe haven for their deep explorations, may also profit greatly from this book as a guide in their search.' Gay Leah Barfield in her Foreword
Part 1: Empathic understanding: origins and developments. Part 2: Empathic understanding is not a technique. Part 3: Empathising in action - an interview. Part 4: Empathic understanding in the necessary and sufficient conditions. Part 5: Empathic understanding and therapeutic process.