Responding to a Serious Mental Health Problem


person-centred dialogues

Richard Bryant-Jefferies

ISBN 1 85775 703 3

Responding to a Serious Mental Health Problem provides a vivid insight into working with a young person (Ali) who has psychotic symptoms related to his use of cannabis, and with his mother (Fareeda) who is struggling to cope both with Ali and his impact on the family. At one point Ali experiences a psychotic event during the counselling sessions, the counsellor engaging with Ali using the 'pre-therapy' approach to maintain psychological contact.

Fareeda is Moslem and her religious and cultural beliefs become matters that are also explored in the therapy sessions. Supervision sessions are also included in which the counselors explore the work they are doing and gain valuable insights to enable them to work with their respective clients.

Included in this volume is material to inform the training process not only of counselors, but of all mental health professional and those working within psychological therapies and yet is aimed as much for the trainee as for the experienced practitioner, providing a clear insight into the application of the therapeutic values of the person-centre approach in working with those affected by mental health problems.

‘Richard Bryant-Jefferies outlines in considerable detail the value of a person-centred approach to severe mental health problems. The detail is important; he pays great attention to the subtle nuances of relationship…, often missed within mental healthcare but which can be profoundly important to people’s relationships, life and mental health.’

Dr Terry Lynch, GP and psychotherapist

‘Responding to a Serious Mental Health Problem is a valuable text. It offers genuine insight into the impact of substances on adolescent mental health, relationships within the family, and how the person-centred approach can be applied in this area of work. It is a book that will have value in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and all settings where professionals are required to work with young people and families.’           

Movena Lucas, CAMHS Substance Misuse Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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Books published

Counselling the Person Beyond the Alcohol Problem

Living Therapy series

Problem Drinking

Couselling for Problem Gambling

Counselling for Eating Disorders in Women

Counselling for Eating Disorders in Men

Counselling Young People

Relationship Counselling: Sons and their Mothers

Responding to a Serious Mental Health Problem

Counselling for Progressive Disability

Counselling a Recovering Drug User

Counselling a Survivor of Childood Sexual Abuse

Counselling Victions of Warfare

Counselling for Obesity

Counselling Young Binge Drinkers

Counselling for Death and Dying

Time-limited Therapy in Primary Care

Workplace Counselling in the NHS

Person-centred Counselling Supervision

Models of Care for Drug Service Provision

A Little Book of Therapy



Alive and Cutting

The Jigsaw of Life

The Sevenfold Circle: Self Awareness in Dance (with Lynn Frances)