Too close for comfort? The Person-Centred Approach and Intimacy. FULL

Decades of research has documented the tie between the positive outcome of therapy and the quality of connection between client and therapist (Duncan1997).  Counsellors who have difficulty being fully “present” in the relationship are prone to stuckness: their relationships start well but do not go beyond a certain level of immediacy and intimacy. Mearns (1994)

As Natiello (2001) states ’our ability to enter into an intimate, authentic, trustworthy relationship with another, is at the core.  The quality of the relationship goes beyond what we do and how we do it.  It is about who we are – the spiritual, emotional, attitudinal characteristics that we embody as persons, our ability to tolerate intimacy’.

Thorne (1991) states that ‘Intimacy is essentially the relationship which occurs at the centre of our being….

Intimacy involves knowing oneself, and being able to be present to another person.   It is not about expertness, techniques or strategies, it is not being afraid to tolerate intimacy.

This is an experiential day.

Date:  Saturday 11th May 2013 10-4.30

Cost:  £60.00 (waged) £45.00 (part waged) £30.00 (unwaged) 

This includes homemade vegetable soup and bread for lunch.