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Achilles as Healer: Pseudocompetence in the Trainee Counsellor or Therapist

Petruska Clarkson (Consultant Chartered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist, and Organizational Consultant. She is a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, writer, trainer, international lecturer and organizational development and course design consultant in both the public and private sectors. For details of The Achilles Syndrome and many other workshops run by Petruska Clarkson in London and elsewhere, please ring 081 579 3531. Or write c/o Physis, 12 N orth Common Road, Ealing, London W5 2QB.)

Employee Counselling Today

ISSN: 0955-8217

Article publication date: 1 June 1994


Examines the widespread pseudocompetence issues which frequently affect counsellors, psychotherapists and supervisors, and their supervisors and trainers. Pseudocompetence is defined as the experience of a big difference between people′s own (low) assessment of themselves and others′ (high) opinion of them in their particular field.



Clarkson, P. (1994), "Achilles as Healer: Pseudocompetence in the Trainee Counsellor or Therapist", Employee Counselling Today, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 15-20.




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