In the study of human relationships, power and in¯uence are problematic. How they are understood has to do with theoretical and philosophical stance as well as practical experience (Proctor et al. 2006 is a good source for thoughts about power written from a person-centred perspective). There is no way any of us can divorce ourselves from the power (or lack of it) bestowed on us by our gender, class, ability, wealth, ethnicity, education, professional role and so on. All these factors affect the practice of person-centred therapy and must be acknowledged and addressed. However, at the risk of appearing naõÈvely to set them aside, there is something worth saying about fundamental person-centred attitudes and `power' in the therapeutic relationship.