The latest news from the Pre-Therapy International Network

Two publications by Garry Prouty available online

posted Mar 2, 2021, 2:12 AM by Administrator

Dear members and friends of the Pre-Therapy International Network,

We are happy to announce that we have added two more articles to our list of references. The articles are written by Garry Prouty and were relatively unknown so far. Since they have a weblink, they are easy to access.


They are published in the 'Person-Centered Journal' that is sponsored by the Association for Development of the Person-Centered Approach (ADPCA). Their publications are intended to promote and disseminate scholarly thinking about person-centered principles, practices, and philosophy. Reproduction is granted to libraries, researchers and teachers for scholarly purposes, not to be used for profit.


Enjoy Garry’s writings!

Dion Van Werde, coordinator of the PTINetwork



Prouty, G. (1999). Pre-Therapy: Is it person-centered?: A reply to Jerold Bozarth. Person-Centered Journal. Volume 6, issue 1, 28-31.



Prouty, G. (2000).
A rejoinder to person-centered psychotherapy: one nation, many tribes. Person-Centered Journal. Volume 7, issue 2, 125-128.

Pre-Therapy Article and Call for Contributions

posted Feb 1, 2021, 4:29 AM by Administrator   [ updated Feb 1, 2021, 4:36 AM ]

A new article by Dion Van Werde titled 'Pre-Therapia: una forma de facilitar la reconexión' (Pre-Therapy: a way to facilitate reconnection) has been published in the 'Espacio ECP' journal. The article was translated by Alejandro López Marín who has written more information about Espacio below as well as a call to members of the Pre-Therapy International Network to participate in the next volume of their journal:

"My name is Alejandro, and I am the director of an organization called Espacio ECP (ECP: Person-Centered Approach in Spanish), in Chile, South America. Espacio ECP is a Center for studies and training in humanistic psychology, specifically in the Person-Centered Approach: 

In addition to training, we have a journal published in Spanish, which to date has 2 volumes. We publish articles about the PCA and its tribes:

In volume 2, nr. 1,  an article by Dion Van Werde, 'Pre-therapy, facilitating reconnection' has been published. 

Members of the Pre-Therapy International Network are invited to participate in this journal for the next volume. We accept contributions until October 30, 2021.

Authors who do not have knowledge of the Spanish language can send their article in English, after being evaluated and approved, we can translate it into Spanish."

You can read Dion Van Werde's article by clicking here or by visiting the references section of the website. 
If you would like to find out more about Espacio ECP or contribute to the next volume of their journal, please visit their website or get in contact with us at 

Our First Online Network Meeting

posted Nov 30, 2020, 10:21 AM by Administrator   [ updated Nov 30, 2020, 10:23 AM ]

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our first online PTIN meeting on Saturday 21 November 2020. It was wonderful to see so many people and to be able to connect together online. 

If you would like to see the powerpoint presentation delivered by Dion Van Werde with the history and updates on the Pre-Therapy International Network, you can download his presentation below.

Thank you again to everyone who took part and we look forward to seeing you again either online or in person in the near future.

New PhD research on Pre-Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy

posted Nov 9, 2020, 7:45 AM by Administrator   [ updated Nov 9, 2020, 7:50 AM ]

Person-centred therapy and pre-therapy for people who hear voices, have unusual experiences or psychotic processes: practitioner and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful practice and perceived client changes


This study by Wendy Traynor (2018) set out to explore practitioner and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful practice and perceived client changes in person-centred therapy and pre-therapy for people who hear voices, have unusual experiences or psychotic processes.


The study used a mixed method research strategy with three different studies:

  1. The first study involved semi-structured interviews with 20 person-centred practitioners working with clients with psychotic processes.
  2. The second study interviewed 20 adult clients (mid or post-therapy) who had self-identified as hearing voices, having other unusual experiences or psychotic processes using the Change Interview protocol.
  3. The third and final study consisted of a hermeneutic single case efficacy design study with a client who was experiencing psychotic processes and who received 22 sessions of person-centred therapy.

 The mixed method research strategy presented in this thesis was an attempt to uncover more information regarding helpful and unhelpful practices and changes in clients who experience psychotic processes.


Overall results raised themes regarding helpful or unhelpful practices and changes in clients, from the perspectives of both practitioners and clients. Results indicated that:

·      Most practitioners incorporated pre-therapy and contact work into practice, with positive and sometimes surprising results.

·      Practitioners saw person-centred values and the real relationship as important.

·      Unconditional positive regard (UPR) was the most critical condition named both by practitioners and clients in this client group, possibly because they often felt judged or diminished by those around them.

·      Helpful practices were associated with person-centred values.

·      Unhelpful factors included practices such as judgement and unwanted directivity, both of which deviated from the person-centred approach.


The main changes in all studies involved an increase in social abilities and positive sense of self, and an increase in specific aspects of wellbeing. There was some evidence of improvement in mood and reduction in unusual experiences. Studies two and three showed that most clients were evidently active agents in their own change process.


Limitations of the studies include the dual therapist-researcher relationship in the HSCED study, the homogeneity and small size of the samples, and concerns about data validity.


Results are promising and suggest that person-centred therapy can be effective for clients who experience psychotic processes, pointing to the need for further research.

You can read the abstract or download the full PhD research by visiting:

Traynor, W. (2018). Person-centred therapy and pre-therapy for people who hear voices, have unusual experiences or psychotic processes: Practitioner and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful practice and perceived client changes. University of Strathclyde. Retrieved from (Costless registration)

Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting 2020

posted Oct 3, 2020, 8:06 AM by Administrator   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 8:28 AM ]

Dear friends and colleagues,

Due to the current situation, we have made the decision to take this year’s Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting online. We will therefore be holding the network meeting online on Saturday 21 November from 3pm-9pm (CET).

We are sorry to not be able to meet together in person this year but we hope this offers a chance for more of us to meet together online. We are very happy to announce the Jill Prouty intends to join us at this year's online meeting and we hope that our chosen timings make this online gathering open and available to a variety of different time zones.

We would love to hear your ideas for what you would either like to discuss, present or explore together. Below is a summary of the day and how to get involved.

Date: Saturday 21 November 2020

Time: 15:00-21:00 CET

Content: The day will be a mixture of plenary sessions and sessions formed from your requests or submissions, with the potential for parallel breakout discussion groups/topics depending on the number of participants.


Potential sessions could include:

o   Joint reflection about a topic or project

o   Intervision about client/work situation

o   Talk about the network

o   Presentation

o   Workshop

o   Talk about research or project

If there is anything that you would like to contribute we would love to hear from you.

Participation in the online network meeting is free to members and donation based for non-members, with the option to become a member for €35. We have decided to make it a voluntary donation for participating in the meeting as we want as many people to join us as possible.

Please do let us know if you would like to participate and what topics would interest you. We will try, where possible, to match interests in the programme. If you would like to attend this year’s online international network meeting, please register your interest here: PTIN 2020 Online Meeting Registration


Please do get in contact with us if you have any questions or feedback. If you would like to attend, please register by 5 November 2020.

We look forward to seeing you online on 21 November 2020.

Best wishes,

On behalf of the Pre-Therapy International Network

Dion Van Werde, Coordinator; Paul Dierick, Mathias De Keyser and Bea Segers, Belgian Board of the Pre-Therapy International Network; Judi Perry, Webmaster

Person-Centred Therapeutic Practitioner Perspectives on Using Pre-Therapy

posted Sep 28, 2020, 5:43 AM by Administrator   [ updated Sep 28, 2020, 5:48 AM ]

This study by Keir Ashcroft set out to answer the question 'What are Person-Centred practitioner perspectives on using Pre-Therapy within their practice?'. 

The study used a qualitative methodology and took a phenomenological approach to the research process. Semi-structured interviews were held with 5 participants, all qualified Person-Centred therapeutic practitioners, with data analysed using thematic analysis. 

Their research suggests that:
  • contact reflections can be useful in establishing psychological contact with clients 
  • this can be profoundly rewarding, allowing practitioners to engage with clients in ways that feel respectful and in-keeping with the Person-Centred approach
  • using Pre-Therapy can be an emotionally intense and demanding experience
  • Pre-Therapy has the potential to be used with an even wider range of clients
You can download and read the study in the attachment below.

Ashcroft, K. (2019). Person-Centred Therapeutic Practitioner Perspectives on Using Pre-Therapy. MA thesis: University of Cumbria. [MA in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy].

New article on Pre-Therapy

posted Sep 7, 2020, 7:25 AM by Administrator   [ updated Sep 7, 2020, 7:29 AM ]

A new article in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica titled ‘Les conditions nécessaires et suffiantes à la modification positive de la personnalité selon Carl Rogers intégrées à la pratique avec le patient souffrant de psychose’ is now available to read.  

Written by Emmanuelle Zech, Antoine Xhrouet and Benoît Gillain, the English translation is ‘Carl Rogers’ necessary and sufficient conditions for a positive personality modification among psychotic patients’ and the article includes both an English and Dutch translation of the summary.


This article explores Carl Rogers’ six necessary and sufficient conditions for psychotherapeutic change and the impact of deepening these conditions with patients suffering from psychosis, arguing that Roger's conditions are all the more fundamental given these patients' symptomatology.


The full reference can be found in our References section of the website and you can download and read the article by clicking here.


We welcome other links to publications on Pre-Therapy or your own research and writing on this topic. Please do get in contact with us if you want to share any other articles or research on Pre-Therapy.

Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting 2019 Report

posted Mar 2, 2020, 8:16 AM by Administrator   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 8:20 AM ]

A wonderful two days were spent in Gent back in October 2019 for the annual Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting. Please find attached a summary report from the meeting with the topics that were discussed, presentations given, and experiences shared. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and made the two days so inspiring, interesting and fulfilling. The dates for this year's network meeting are 20-21 November 2020 and we look forward to welcoming you then!

How do Person-Centred and Experiential Pre-Therapy practitioners experience offering unconditional positive regard to clients experiencing psychotic processes?

posted Nov 3, 2019, 11:48 PM by Administrator   [ updated Nov 4, 2019, 12:01 AM ]

This study by PTIN member Judi Perry provides new insights in the offering of 'unconditional positive regard'. The aims of the study were:
  • to gain a deeper understanding of PCE Pre-Therapy practitioners’ experiences of offering UPR when working with clients experiencing psychotic processes,
  • to identify any recurrent themes regarding UPR when utilising Pre-Therapy with this client group,
  • to add to the body of work on Pre-Therapy and shine a light on this under-researched approach.
Five semi-structured interviews were held with PCE Pre-Therapy practitioners from a range of countries and professional settings, utilising a descriptive phenomenological method to analyse
this data. Three main categories were discovered: theoretical, philosophical and experiential, with six sub-themes. These were then turned into an exhaustive description of the lived experience of PCE Pre-Therapy practitioners offering UPR to clients experiencing psychotic processes.

Download the paper or a presentation about the study.

Perry, J. (2019). Radical Acceptance. How do Person-Centred and Experiential Pre-Therapy practitioners experience offering unconditional positive regard to clients experiencing psychotic processes? A phenomenological study utilising the Duquesne method. Unpublished manuscript: Staffordshire University, The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. [Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy – Postgraduate Programme] Available from:

Concreet spiegelen en contactwerk

posted Oct 29, 2019, 6:58 AM by Administrator   [ updated Nov 3, 2019, 11:07 PM ]

book cover Persoonsgerichte therapie in de praktijk
Soms kom je onverwacht een publicatie tegen over contactwerk waarbij je jezelf afvraagt: hoe heb ik deze kunnen missen? Bijvoorbeeld een hoofdstuk in een boek, gepubliceerd dicht bij huis: Baljon, M. Pool, G., & Takens, R. J. (2015). Persoonsgerichte therapie in de praktijk. Emotiegericht, procesgericht, cliëntgericht. Amsterdam: Hogrefe.

In hoofdstuk 7, "Concreet spiegelen en contactwerk" geven Marijke Baljon en Marion Verkade veel voorbeelden van hoe je het werk van Prouty kunt toepassen bij cliënten die geheel of gedeeltelijk uit contact zijn, zoals onder andere bij mensen die psychotisch zijn, gedissocieerde cliënten of mensen met dementie.

Een korte recensie van het boek werd gepubliceerd in het Tijdschrift voor Persoonsgerichte Experiëntiële Psychotherapie (TPeP).

Baljon, M., & Verkade, M. (2015). Concreet spiegelen en contactwerk. In M. Baljon, G. Pool & R. J. Takens (Eds). Persoonsgerichte therapie in de praktijk. Emotiegericht, procesgericht, cliëntgericht (pp. 103-118). Amsterdam: Hogrefe.

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