chapter  38
5 working is embraced in the concept of `relational depth'
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And (p. 36) they characterise the therapist's experience of meeting at relational depth thus:

A feeling of profound contact and engagement with a client, in which one simultaneously experiences high and consistent levels of empathy and acceptance towards that Other, and relates to them in a highly transparent way. In this relationship, the client is experienced as acknowledging one's empathy, acceptance and congruence ± either

four, ®ve of some client qualities and what might be thought of as elements of mutuality. In this notion of relational depth, `depth' refers to closeness to personal reality and `truth', a fullness of subjective lived experience, not to contact with some hidden inner core. Also, what is `deep' is not superior to, merely different from, other ways of being in relationship.