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Humanistic (or Person-Centred or Client-Centred) Therapy is a therapeutic approach strongly influenced by Carl Rogers, whose person-centered perspective focused on the patient’s ability for self-direction and understanding in personality development.
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FROM A HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVE, UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD IS AT THE HEART OF THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP.

[C. COMFORT SHIELDS]

Person-centered therapy is a type of psychodynamic therapy. It is less structured than other therapy approaches, such as CBT, and is non-directive. This method of therapy proposes that the function of the therapist is to extend empathy, warmth, and “unconditional positive regard” toward clients. Rather than medicalising clients and referring to them as ‘patients’, humanistic therapists commonly use the term ‘clients’ and believe that their clients are not inherently or permanently ‘ill’. By listening to and echoing back the clients’ own concerns, the therapist helps the client see themselves as another might see them. This can help clients perceive inconsistencies or biases in their perceptions of the world and other people. Although people have the potential to self-actualise, they sometimes need guidance to do so. Abraham Maslow explained, through his theory called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, that only one in a hundred people become fully self-actualised because society rewards motivation based on esteem, love and other social needs, when people’s lower physiological needs such as food and safety are not provided. These lower level deficiencies can stay with a person and often need to be dealt with in therapy in order to progress to the higher levels of the pyramid.
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