because learning to cope with the death of a child is hard work. I know you can learn to move past just existing and reach a place of smiling when you cherish the memories of your daughter.” The concept used here is that the therapist recognizes the pain by showing sympathy (for the loss) and empathy (for the pain) and unconditional positive regard that client can learn to cope. The statement is meant to show a belief in the client that they have the strength and ability to learn ways to cope instead of feeling stuck and numb. The responses given to the comments are designed to use person-centered concepts of the therapist being congruent (real) without using directives (Corey, 2017). Person-centered theory views clients as coming to therapy in a state of incongruency and the climate will allow them to open up about their experiences thus becoming congruent (Corey, 2017). Therapist responses have to be nondirective to keep the client as the focus and avoid advice, implementing feelings, and strategies (Corey, 2017). The main condition for change is to keep the relationship and client as the central focus. References Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. Joseph, S., & Murphy, D. (2012). Person-Centered Approach, Positive Psychology, and Relational Helping. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53(1), 26-51. doi:10.1177/0022167812436426
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