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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Relational Depth

New Perspectives and Developments

ISBN 9780230279391
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

As a therapist, have you ever experienced moments of absolute trust, understanding and empathy with a client? Such moments of relational depth can feel like a therapeutic breakthrough for the therapist. But what is the client's experience? And what does the research tell us about the potential therapeutic benefits?

This wide-ranging book offers a fascinating survey of the latest thinking and research on in-depth therapeutic encounters. Combining vivid case studies with the latest research evidence, this book:

• Examines a breadth of perspectives: from working with young clients to working in groups

• Explores relational depth in a wider theoretical context: for example, in relation to dialogue, presence, mutuality and the transpersonal.

• Considers important professional issues, such as how relational depth can be assessed and its value in personal development and supervision contexts.

By exploring the meaning, challenges and experiences of relational depth, it provides insight into an important dimension of therapeutic practice and, for many, will act as a guide to new ways of thinking about their therapeutic relationships.

This book is an essential read for all trainees and practitioners in Counselling and Psychotherapy who want to deepen their levels of therapeutic relating.

ROSANNE KNOX is a Counselling service manager for a national children's charity, and a Person-Centred Therapist in private practice in the UK.

DAVID MURPHY is a Lecturer in Counselling and Trauma Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK.

SUSAN WIGGINS is a Person-Centred Therapist in private practice in the UK.

MICK COOPER is a Professor of Counselling at the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde, UK.

Preface; D.Mearns
Introduction; R.Knox, D.Murphy, S.Wiggins & M.Cooper
PART I: EXPERIENCES AND EVIDENCE OF RELATIONAL DEPTH Relational Depth: What the Evidence is Telling Us; M.Cooper
Clients' Experiences of Relational Depth; R.Knox
PART II: RELATIONAL DEPTH IN PRACTICE Relational Depth with Children and Young People; S.Hawkins
Relational Depth with Clients with Learning Difficulties; E.McLeod
Working at Relational Depth with Trauma Clients; D.Maxwell & D.Murphy
Relational Depth in Short Term Work; P.McGahey
Relational Depth in Group Work; G.Wyatt
PART III: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES Diversity Issues and Relational Depth; C.Lago
Relational Depth in Supervision; E.Lambert
Training Therapists to Meet Clients at Relational Depth; M.Cooper
PART IV: DEVELOPMENTS AND CRITIQUES Assessing Relational Depth: The Relational Depth Inventory; S.Wiggins
Mutuality and Relational Depth; D.Murphy
Being and Doing; S.Geller
Meeting at Relational Depth in Psychiatric Settings: A Critical Perspective; H.Middleton
Relational Depth and the Transpersonal; J.Rowan
Active Responsiveness: Person-Centred Psychotherapy a Critical Perspective; P.Schmid
Conclusion; R.Knox, D.Murphy, S.Wiggins & M.Cooper.


This authoritative text brings together state-of-the-art research and theory, and is an excellent addition to, and development of, the notion of relational depth.' - Sheila Haugh, Senior Lecturer, Metanoia Institute, UK
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