Client-centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the Nineties

G. Lietaer (Author),

Series: Studia Psychologica 30

Category: Psychology

Language: English

ISBN: 9789061863649

Publication date: January 1, 1990

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Size: 240 x 160 x mm


This voluminous book of 47 chapters offers a good cross section of what is burgeoing in the field of client-centered and experiential psychotherapy on the threshold of the nineties. it does not represent a single vision but gives the floor to the various suborientations: classics Rogerians; client-centered therapists who favor some form of integration or even eclecticism; experiential psychotherapists for whom Gendlin’s focusing approach is a precious way of working; client-centered therapists who look at the therapy process in terms of information-processing; existentially oriented therapists… Remarkable is that – for the first time in the history of client-centered/experiential psychotherapy – the European voice rings through forcefully: more than half of the contributions were written by authors from Western Europe.

Several chapters contain reflections on the evolution – past, present, and future – of client-centered/experiential psychotherapy. The intensive research into the process, which had a central place in the initial phase of client-centered therapy, is given here ample attention, with several creative studies and proposals for renewal. In numerous contributions efforts are made to build and further develop a theroy of psychopathology, the client’s process, the basic attitudes and task-oriented interventions of the therapist. The chapters dealing with clinical practice typically aim at the description of therapy with specific client populations and paricularly severely disturbed clients. And finally a few fields are introduced which are new or barely explored within the client-centered/experiential approach: working with dreams, health psychology, couple and family therapy.

Theoretical and clinical issues

Client-centerd therapy unfolding: developmental perspectives

The process of the client

Attitudes and interventions of the therapist

Psychopathology and theory of personality change

Proposals for future research

Dialogue with other orientations

Specific problems and settings

Working with dreams

Depressed and suicidal clients



Mentally retarded clients

Health psychology and psychosomatic clients

Growth groups and group psychotherapy

Children and their parents

Couple and family therapy

G. Lietaer

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