Love's Embrace: The Autobiography of a Person-centred Therapist

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Brian Thorne is unusual in having maintained throughout a long and distinguished career a passionate commitment both to the theory and practice of person-centred therapy and to membership of the Anglican Church. This dual allegiance has earned him many friends and not a few detractors in both camps. His autobiography reveals a complex personality who grew up during the years of the Second World War and was later to see active service in the British Army during the Eoka campaign in Cyprus. We read of the experiences of the butcher's assistant's son who found himself at a public school and then at Cambridge. We meet the linguist who became a schoolmaster only for his true vocation to lead him to the emerging profession of counselling and psychotherapy. We are taken back to the years prior to the founding of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and to Thorne's pioneering days at Keele University and then as the first Director of the Counselling Service at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The final chapter provides a moving account of what it has meant for Thorne to experience - and survive - major heart surgery.

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Brian Thorne is Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia, Fellow of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherpay, Professor at the College of Teachers and Co-founder of the Norwich Centre.

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On receiving Love's Embrace for review, I opened it for a quick look and didn't emerge for nearly an hour! - The book has a huge cast of characters who have been significant in Thorne's life. It is, as expected, written in the most beautiful English, and will appeal particularly to person-centred devotees. Sue Rowe, Counsellor and educator, Therapy Today (UK), March 2006. Brian Thorne may not be Rimbaud or Goethe, but nonetheless this joyous insight into the life and soul of a key figure in British therapy had a similar effect on me. It created hope in me that many, many more non-academic, personal, humanistic texts can find their way into the developmental syllabi of person-centred practitioners. To allow oneself to be met as a person as Brian has done in Love's Embrace represents a modeling of the person-centred approach of the very highest order. Yvonne Bates, Ipnosis (UK), November 2005.

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