Being-with and being-counter: relational depth - the challenge of fully meeting the client

D.J. Mearns, P. Schmid

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    Following on from a previous publication (Schmid & Mearns, 2006), this paper continues the authors' investigation of the relationship emphasis within person-centered therapy. It explores the concept of relational depth (Mearns & Cooper, 2005), especially in regard to work with hard-to-reach clients, outlining the particular challenges to the therapist seeking to engage the different parts of the client, even those in self-protective conflict with the therapeutic process. The ethical boundaries of therapeutic confrontation and dialogue that constitute relational depth are explored as is the developmental agenda for the therapist.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-265
    Number of pages11
    JournalPerson-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • person-centered therapy
    • therapeutic relationship
    • relational depth
    • self resonance
    • empathic resonance
    • personal (dialogic) resonance
    • dialogue

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