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Dialogue : a dialogue between focusing and relational perspectives

Cooper, Mick (2012) Dialogue : a dialogue between focusing and relational perspectives. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 11 (2). pp. 124-136. ISSN 1477-9757

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This paper explores the question “What is dialogue?” and its relevance to therapeutic practice through a dialogically-structured conversation between two members of the person-centered community: Akira Ikemi, a leading advocate of focusing; and Mick Cooper, co-author of Working at relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy. The conversation explores the possibility that dialogue may provide a valuable meeting point between the relational and focusing “tribes” of person-centered therapy: a co-explication of felt-senses at both the client’s and therapist’s edges of awareness.