Keith Tudor and Mike Worrall,
STAR RATING: 3/5
This ambitious work aims for a comprehensive, in-depth review of the theory of person-centred therapy, writes Chris Neill.
Updating the theory of the US psychologist Carl Rogers, the book also draws on ideas from many other fields and disciplines.
As a practitioner working with people with learning difficulties, I appreciated how the book reaches for a deep understanding of the complexity of human motivation as the basis for therapeutic intervention. But I was also frustrated by its academic style and by the lack of clinical material to illustrate the text. At times absorbing and stimulating – I found the chapter on “alienation” particularly thought-provoking – the book can also be laborious. The authors are rigorous in their critique of Rogers’ theory from within a person-centred frame of reference. But they failed to give “outside” perspectives due regard.
It is valuable for teachers or advanced research students, considerably less so for the student seeking a grounding in personcentred therapy and how it relates to other approaches.
Chris Neill is a psychotherapist at Respond, a charity working with victims and perpetrators of abuse who have learning difficulties