At the heart of Richard Bryant-Jefferies' work with problem drinkers is his belief in the power and effectiveness of the person-centred approach to counselling.
He suggests that many alcohol problems develop out of, or are connected with, relationship difficulties.
He highlights the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with the person, and of engaging with their individuality to encourage sustainable lifestyle change underpinned by personal growth. This practical book shows how such client-focused counselling can support problem drinkers who are seeking to develop and sustain a less alcohol-centred way of life.
Demonstrating how the client-counsellor relationship can be harnessed to empower the individual to help themselves, Richard* describes the health risks and effects on family life of alcohol dependency* considers the differences between young and old problem drinkers* analyses the support services available to those seeking change* suggests ways of coping with relapse. Supported by contributions from clients who have undergone counselling for alcohol reliance, this is a comprehensive and positive guide for people working with those who have a problematic relationship with alcohol.