COUN 5239 15.docx - Person-Centered Therapy Person-Centered Therapy is a therapeutic model of treatment developed by Carl Rogers an American

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Person-Centered Therapy Person-Centered Therapy is a therapeutic model of treatment developed by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist. This approach focuses on the patient, the person, as the key element that leads the discourse with a trained counselor. In theory, as the conversation expands and progresses, the therapist and client will have developed a bond similar to that of a coach and a player. (Rogers, 1951) This means that, rather than the psychologist working as a subject-matter expert that tells the client what to do and how to do it, the dynamics will go both ways: the client expresses his or her emotions and thoughts to the therapist, and the therapist will use acceptance, empathy and impartiality to direct the client into a more positive way of seeing their current situation. (Hazler, 2016)In Person-Centered therapy, the clinician is non-judgmental. This is done so that the client feels free to share deep thoughts and emotions he or she would not share otherwise. There is also the aspect of empathy, which means that the therapist will accept those thoughts and feelings as valid. The client will feel validated and heard with the feedback from the therapist. Finally, there has to congruence, which is something comparable to transparency, or honesty. In all, once the therapist shows that he or
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