Counselling a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse


a person-centred dialogue

Richard Bryant-Jefferies

ISBN 1 85775 829 3

This book provides a vivid insight into working with a client who is a survivor of child sexual abuse. Using dialogue, it traces the counselling relationship between three fictitious characters: the client (Jennifer), her counsellor (Laura) and Laura’s supervisor (Malcolm). It illustrates the person-centred approach and relates it to how memories can surface and the impact this can have on the client and the counsellor. It provides deep insight into the counselling relationship and the counsellor’s use of supervision, highlighting discussion points throughout to aid in training and reflection. It is essential reading for all who work with people who have suffered sexual abuse in childhood.

‘Counselling a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse: a person-centred dialogue, brings a unique and powerful insight into the qualitative process that engages both client and counsellor in a person-centred setting. Richard Bryant-Jefferies has eloquently and comprehensively conveyed the conditions of relating that are the very essence of person-centred work. He sensitively covers key issues faced by survivors of abuse – the fear of dissociation, coming to terms with recovered memories, working with feelings of blame, grief and anger. For someone experienced in this field the book highlights points for reflection and discussion. It is a valuable teaching aid and in many training environments it would be a valuable addition to the reading list.’

Linda Hughes, in her Foreword.

'I am amazed at the degree to which Richard Bryant-Jefferies has been able to catch the feel of an actual therapy relationship involving the recovery of dissociated trauma memories in the relationship portrayed in this book. Many of the passages in this fictional account gave me goose bumps reading them. I think that this moment-to-moment account of a therapy relationship is likely to be invaluable to therapists learning to work with this sort of material as it emerges with their own clients. The openness of the approach that the author takes to this account is likely to be particularly valuable to readers.’

Margaret S Warner, in her Foreword

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