Tag Archives: Brian Thorne

Brian Thorne on belovedness, sexuality & power in therapy

In the passage before this excerpt, Brian has been talking about the idea of the ‘beloved’, in the context of the writings of Julian of Norwich. How any of us makes sense of ‘beloved’ will depend on personal experiences and conceptual structures/language. It is an … Continue reading

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Contracting & suicidal thoughts, a person-centred perspective

This is the text of a recent email to our therapists on these themes. We are aware of the very different way in which these issues are addressed within the NHS/similar medicalized contexts in health and social care – and the extent to which … Continue reading

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Brian Thorne on power in person-centred therapy

In this passage, Brian is looking at a 1986 paper by Jerold Bozarth and Barbara Temaner Brodley, exploring what they saw as supporting assertions implicit in Carl Rogers’ 19 propositions – and which may therefore be included in a person … Continue reading

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Person-Centred Basics – Dave Mearns & Brian Thorne on Congruence

The sixth in our occasional series of person-centred fundamentals. ‘Why is congruence important? Like empathy and unconditional positive regard, congruence makes it easier for the client to trust the counsellor and the counselling process. If the client accepts the congruence … Continue reading

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Person-centred basics: expertise of the person-centred counsellor – Dave Mearns & Brian Thorne

The fourth in our occasional series of person-centred fundamentals. ‘The person-centred counsellor must learn to wear her expertise as an invisible garment in order to be an effective counsellor. Experts are expected to dispense their expertise, to recommend what should … Continue reading

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Brian Thorne on the awesome task of the person-centred therapist

‘The person-centred therapist is charged with the awesome task of becoming fully human and the core conditions are the applied practice of that task. It is as if the work of the professional therapist in the person-centred tradition constitutes a … Continue reading

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The Law Concerning Mermaids – Kei Miller

This is a mesmerizing reading by Kei of his wonderful poem…. The writer had not heard of him before today, then did hear about him, and found this randomly on You Tube. This poem feels oddly pertinent to the ongoing … Continue reading

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