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Towards an approach to counselling based on the use of self

Recent developments in the field have seen something of a burgeoning of interest in the therapist’s use of self. Several publications have focused exclusively on this aspect of the therapist’s contribution to process and outcome in psychotherapy (Andrews 1991; Baldwin and Satir 1987; Lambert 1989; Real 1990; UKCP 1997) and others have recently highlighted the self of the therapist as an important determinant in the therapeutic encounter. But what, precisely, is meant by the term ‘the therapeutic use of self’?