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Summary

Eagerly awaited by many counsellors and psychotherapists, this new edition includes an updated preface, new content on recent research and new developments and debates around relational depth, and new case studies. 

This groundbreaking text goes to the very heart of the therapeutic meeting between therapist and client. Focusing on the concept of "relational depth", the authors describe a form of encounter in which therapist and client experience profound feelings of contact and engagement with each other, and in which the client has an opportunity to explore whatever is experienced as most fundamental to her or his existence. The book has helped thousands of trainees and practitioners understand how to facilitate a relationally deep encounter, identify the personal "blocks" that may be encountered along the way, and consider new therapeutic concepts - such as "holistic listening" - that help them to meet their clients at this level.

This classic text remains a source of fresh thinking and stimulating ideas about the therapeutic encounter which is relevant to trainees and practitioners of all orientations.

©2017 Professor Dave Mearns and Professor Mick Cooper (P)2020 SAGE Publications Ltd

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Constant references ruin tge writing.

Its almost impossible to take in the subjects discussed in the book as the narrator reads aloud every reference while going along. It waould be much better if these were listed in a seperate pdf.

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Annoying references punctuate Throughout

Would be better to remove the references they are rather annoying and ruins the flow and concentrate

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Please record again without all the references!

The narrator has a lovely voice but all the references are so distracting i couldn’t get past the first chapter. Shame because the content is worth listening to.

On this occasion I’d rather read the book myself.

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References!

I wish I’d purchased the book instead of audio! Constant referencing, clearly got to be in there but surely there must be a listener friendly way to do this?

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Excellent Book

The only draw back is that their is no PDF file to accompany this book.

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Great for developing theory into practice

As usual from both Mearns and Cooper, this book gives excellent insight into how theory can be put into practice. This approach to relational depth is applicable to all modalities and all levels of counselling experience. Many people complained about the reading of the in text citations, but after a while it didn't bother me at all and sometimes I found it useful when I recognised the names/items referenced.

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excellent and educational

Very easy to listen to and well written by both authors. Very valuable resource in my arsenal.

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Excellent book, slightly annoying narration

This book is superb, and should be required reading (or listening) for therapists. But the narration is irritating - although it is well-paced and sounds ‘energetic’, it’s really not an easy listen - despite my enthusiasm for the work, I keep drifting off. I think it’s because I’m not convinced the narrator really gets what he’s saying. There are also a few words that he pronounces in multiple ways, or gets completely wrong - I know ‘phenomenological’ is a pig, but still…and pronouncing ‘et al’ as though it was French is like nails on a blackboard.

I also agree with another reviewer - the spoken refs are disruptive. There has to be a better way!

Moan over - the content itself is just brilliant.

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Spoilt by the constant reading of the references

This would be really interesting but is completely spoilt by the reading of every single reference along with page numbers. It stops the flow and the meaning of the words is lost.
Perhaps some thought should be given to how to reference without making it monotonous for the reader and losing the meaning of the text. Gave up halfway through chapter 2.
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Audible interruption

Book well narrated. And seemed really in depth, helpful and interesting about the topic which is what I wanted, however because references to quotes from theorists were included in the narrative, they were too interrupting to the text and contexts. I couldn't listen beyond the first chapter. It disrupted the flow of each topic continuously. Very disappointed, not in the book, in this audio version.