1st Edition

Re-Visioning Person-Centred Therapy Theory and Practice of a Radical Paradigm

Edited By Manu Bazzano Copyright 2018
    380 Pages
    by Routledge

    380 Pages
    by Routledge

    By exploring various ways to assimilate recent progressive developments and to renew its vital links with its radical roots, Re-Visioning Person-Centred Therapy: Theory and Practice of a Radical Paradigm takes a fresh look at this revolutionary therapeutic approach.

    Bringing together leading figures in PCT and new writers from around the world, the essays in this book create fertile links with phenomenology, meditation and spirituality, critical theory, contemporary thought and culture, and philosophy of science. In doing so, they create an outline that renews and re-visions person-centred therapy’s radical paradigm, providing fertile material in both theory and practice.

    Shot through with clinical studies, vignettes and in-depth discussions on aspects of theory, Re-Visioning Person-Centred Therapy will be stimulating reading for therapists in training and practice, as well as those interested in the development of PCT.

    Introduction Manu Bazzano

    Tribute to Fedor E. Vasilyuk Tatiana Karyagina and Fedor Shankov

    Part I Some kinds of love: person-centred therapy and the relational dimension

    Chapter 1 Therapy as an accident waiting to happen Julie Webb

    Chapter 2 The psychotherapeutic encounter as a political act of micro-multitude Claudio Rud

    Chapter 3 Beauty and the Cyborg Manu Bazzano

    Chapter 4 Walking backwards towards the future: reclaiming the radical roots – and future – of person-centred therapy Keith Tutor

    Chapter 5 Ethics and the person-centered approach: a dialogue with radical alterity Emanuel Meireles Vieira and Francisco Pablo Huascar Aragão Pinheiro

    Part II The politics of experience

    Chapter 6 Dialectics of person and experiencing Tatiana Karyagina and Fedor E. Vasilyuk

    Chapter 7 Actualizing tendency, organismic wisdom and understanding the world Salvador Moreno-López

    Chapter 8 Person-centred approach as discursivity and person-centred therapy as heterotopic practice Pavlos Zarogiannis

    Chapter 9 Client-centered: an ethical therapy Bert Rice and Kathryn A. Moon

    Chapter 10 Experiencing and the person-centred approach Nikolaos Kypriotakis

    Chapter 11 Experiential–existential psychotherapy: deepening existence, engaging with life Siebrecht Vanhooren

    Part III Person-centred therapy and spirituality

    Chapter 12 From the scientific to the mystical in the work of Carl Rogers Michael Sivori

    Chapter 13 Living from the ‘formative tendency’: ‘cosmic congruence’ Judy Moore

    Chapter 14"A kind of liking which has strength" (Carl Rogers): does person-centred therapy facilitate through love? Peter F. Schmid

    Part IV Person-centred learning and training

    Chapter 15 Enter centre stage, the case study… Deborah A. Lee

    Chapter 16 Sheep of tomorrow Manu Bazzano

    Chapter 17 What do I know and how do I know it?: theories of knowledge and the person-centred approach Dot Clark

    Chapter 18 The empathor's new clothes: when person-centered practices and evidence-based claims collide Blake Griffin Edwards

    Part V Challenging some aspects of person-centred practice

    Chapter 19 Challenging snoopervision: how can person-centered practitioners offer new alternatives to the fracturing of the person in the supervision relationship? Zoë Krupka

    Chapter 20 Re-visioning person-centred research Jo Hilton and Seamus Prior

    Chapter 21 Psychopathology and the future of person-centred therapy Andrew Schiller

    Chapter 22 Presence: the fourth condition Sarton Weinraub

    Chapter 23 A place in which everything can go Darran Biles

    Chapter 24 A person-centred political critique of current discourses in post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic growth Deborah A. Lee


    Manu Bazzano is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. He has studied eastern contemplative practices since 1980. He is the author and editor of many books, including Zen and Therapy, After Mindfulness and Nietzsche and Psychotherapy. A visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton, London, he facilitates workshops and seminars internationally. He is editor of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and associate editor of Self & Society.

    'Heretical, subversive, a celebration of precarious uncertainty, and yet radically personal, this book will inspire trainees and new therapists, of any tradition, to save our profession. Re-Visioning Person-Centred Therapy expands the scope of Rogers' approach, updating and redeeming in equal measure. The book itself is an instance of its message, diverse, unexpected, gritty and well-argued. If you want to remain comfortable, offering manualised "treatments" to patients to retire and die peacefully, then avoid this book.'

    Greg Madison, PhD, non-affiliated international lecturer, writer, Founder of London Focusing Institute

    'This book represents a remarkable contribution in the contemporary Person-centred Therapy world. Bringing together both a critique and a call for a reinvention of theory and practice, it takes up Rogers’ original proposal and brings it forward, broadening, updating and consolidating this perspective for our times. This results in a fruitful and creative renewal of the PCT instigated by authors and practitioners from various parts of the world. Carl Rogers would certainly be proud of this book.'

    Virginia Moreira, APHETO, Laboratory of Psychopathology and Humanist Phenomenological Psychotherapy, University of Fortaleza, Brazil

    'This is a welcome and timely book for anyone interested in person-centred psychotherapeutic work. It takes a completely fresh look at person-centred and experiential therapies by offering critical and innovative approaches to theory and practice, while also sustaining relevance to contemporary therapeutic needs. Particularly distinctive strengths are the transcultural perspectives; the philosophical breadth, which is inclusive of spirituality and political awareness; and the practical applications of theory to practice.'

    Jean O’Callaghan, Convener of the MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy training at the University of Roehampton, London, UK.