By Val Wosket
The healing Use of Self is a ground-breaking exam of the person therapist's contribution to strategy and final result in counselling. utilizing many strong case examples and wide study findings from the author's personal paintings, this booklet offers the counsellor's assessment in their personal perform because the major car for the advance of perception and knowledge in to person 'therapeutic' features. It addresses a few of the taboos and occasionally mentioned features of remedy, such as:* the worth of therapist failure * breaking the foundations of counselling * operating past the accredited barriers of counselling.The healing Use of Self, will act as a spur to person counsellors to recognize, enhance and cost their very own distinctive contribution to the counselling career.
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602). The use of self in counselling and therapy 27 Findings from data analysed in their study suggested to Luborsky and colleagues the following potentially significant conclusions: that the effectiveness of a given therapy can vary considerably depending on the group of therapists providing the treatment. This in turn suggests that the therapist is not simply the transmitter of a standard therapeutic agent. Rather, the therapist is an important, independent agent of change with the ability to magnify or reduce the effects of a therapy.
This viewpoint is given credence by recent research contributions that identify ‘the therapist as an important variable mediating change, semi-independent of technique and orientation’ (Bergin and Garfield 1994:825). Thus it may well be that whilst the external and clearly visible trappings of experienced therapists vary in their splendour and finery, they are actually all wearing something much more similar, and I suspect more homely, closer to the skin. g. Goldfried 1982b) even if it has yet to be seriously taken up by the research community.
104) and the task can be painful. Avoidance of this demanding and uncomfortable stage of authentic professional development can occur where practitioners adopt an alternative route which Skovholt and Rønnestad term ‘the Pseudo-development path’ (p. 103). Individuals who opt to take this easier path ‘continue in an external and rigid mode’ (p. 103) in which they come to emulate more and more closely and inflexibly an acknowledged master or distinguished proponent of their chosen approach. In consequence there is a continued and rigid external orientation to processes and procedures advocated by a particular theoretical school or model and this, in turn, leads to ‘a growing alienation between the authentic personal self and the evolving professional self’ (p.