u4d1-Key Concepts of Person-Centered Therapy - u4d1-Key Concepts of Person-Centered Therapy-Anthony Murgatroyd Corey(2016 provides that the three key

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u4d1-Key Concepts of Person-Centered Therapy-Anthony MurgatroydCorey (2016) provides that the three key concepts of person-centered therapy are congruence, unconditional positive regard and empathy. The goals of the therapy are to facilitate the client toward greater independence and integration. That is increasing the client’s characteristics of self-actualization by facilitating them to develop: “(1) an openness to experience, (2) a trust in themselves, (3) an internal source of evaluation, and (4) a willingness to continue growing client’s self-actualization” (Corey, 2013 p. 179). Person-centered therapy often engages a reflective approach, which is non-directive and non-judgmental (Corey, 2013). This involves an accurate reflection of the client’sfeelings, keeping the client focused on the concern, and clarification of the client’s feelings and information. However, “the therapist’s relational attitudes in demonstrating empathy, warmth and genuiness are the fundamental ways of being with the client, and constitute the heart of the change process” (Corey, 2013 p. 185). Indeed empathy is the most powerful determinant of client progress in person-centered therapy (Corey, 2013). Corey (2013) provides that empathy is a deep and subjective understanding of the client, without the therapist losing his/her own separateness. It is not sympathy, or feeling sorry for a client. The Theories in Action multimedia presentation on person-centered counseling states that “empathy can be demonstrated in many ways
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