There are several different theories and techniques in the psychology field. The point of this paper will include many aspects that are implemented in person-centered therapy, specifically from Mearns and Thorns’ point of view. In this discussion of Mearns and Thorns’ person-center therapy, include will be personal reactions towards their book, Person-Centred Counselling in Action, how culture is addressed in this book, and some of their theory compared and contrast to other theories.
When I first read the title of this book, Person-Centred Counselling in Action, it seems very interesting. This book is based on British community. The term ‘Counseling’ in Britain means ‘Psychotherapy’ in America. They use the term ‘counseling’ by confining their selves to relatively short-term therapeutic relationships (Mearns & Thorns, 2013). My personal reaction to Mearns and Thorns’ theory includes several concepts that I would like to implement in my career. After reading the book, I realize their theory is based on Rogers’ theory, Client-centered therapy. They quote Rogers’ terms to explain what it means and develop their own meanings.
Throughout this section of the book I enjoyed reading the reasons why Mearns and Thorns wrote this book to edit their previous edition. I read this section after I read the entire book. It helped to understand more about the concepts of the book. This section explained why Rogers used the term ‘client-centered’ instead of ‘person-centered’ and also why Mearns and Thorns used the expression ‘person-centered,’ with three reasons. Rogers himself first used the expression ‘person-centered approach,’ but he always confined the expression to non-counseling activities. The second part was more important. Their belief of the description ‘person-centered’ conveyed more meanings about the relationships between two people, the client and the therapist. The final reason for the term ‘person-centered therapy’ was the development of Rogers’ work since his death (Mearns & Thorns, 2013).
Recent Developments in Person-Center Theory
I also like and dislike the format of the book. Each section has some examples of the concept in the section. Generally, the examples are dialogues between patient and therapist in the therapy session. Sometimes the examples are very helpful to understand, but other times it makes me more confused. Basically, the confusing parts are because of the different words usages. This book’s basic language is British English. British English and American English are different. There are new developments in person-center therapy as a modern person-center conception of the therapy process. For example, the client presents his problem about short-term friendships; he never seems to have a long friendship. Therapist gives him time to think to himself as self-dialogue which is a characteristic of processing period. His self-dialogue or ego-syntonic process is not the...