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Person-centered therapy, also known as client-centered, is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas. This approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential, or self-actualization. In fact, the central concept in personal-centered psychology is the actualizing tendency, which is a motivation resulting in growth, development, and autonomy of the individual (Joseph & Murphy, 2013). However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by our life experiences. Therefore, the ultimate goal of person-centered therapy is to assist clients in achieving a greater degree of independence in order to better cope with problems. By expressing congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathy, the client will be more likely to experience therapeutic growth (Corey, 2017). In fact, Rogers maintained that these attributes create a
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