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The therapist’s attitude

The therapist’s attitude

The therapist/client relationship, as seen from the person-centered point of view, is, superficially, “to help one help himself”. The therapist believes in client’s inherent process of development. It is very important for the therapist to believe that the client is the only expert on his own life. While performing the process in that way, not the problem is being focused on, but the focus lies on the client as a person, with all his feelings and experience.

The core conditions of the person-centered approach are:

1. Congruence:

Reserch has prooved that, in therapeutic relationship, personal change is facilitated when the psychotherapist is what he is, when he is genuine and without front or facade. It means that the therapist is being his feelings, openly and congruent, he can be whatever he is experiencing in the moment, and is not afraid to be open, transparent about these emotions or to communicate them if necessary.

No one can ever fully achieve this condition, yet the more the therapist is able to listen to what is going on within himself, the more he is being seen as genuine and congruent and the more probability there is that change in clients personality will occur.

2. Positive regard:

Positive regard means that the therapist cares for the client in a non-possesive way, that he prizes the client in a non-conditional way. Ther therapist is not accepting the client when he is behaving in a certain way, nor does he disapprove him when he is behaving in other ways. It means having positive and acceptant attitude toward the client, kind of caring for the client, just the way he is.

Research studies show that the more this attitude is experienced by the therapist, the more likelihood there is that the therapy will be successful.

3. Empathy:

Empathy as a condition of person centered approach does not have anything to do with feeling sorry for the client, nor does it mean superficial understanding or interpretating clients feelings.
The therapist is being empathic when he is trying to see the world with clients eyes. It means sensing the feelings and personal meanings which the client ist experiencing. When the therapist can perceive thees from “inside”, as they seem to the client, and when he can successfully communicate some of that understanding to his client, than this third condition is fufilled.


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