Person-Centered Personality Theory

Key Concepts

No formal diagnosis, rely on self report
Understand client from client's internal frame of reference
Encourage client to speak freely about discrepancy between person he see's himself as and person he would like to be
Create atmosphere of freedom and security
Reflect verbalizations as revealed by client
Attempt to accurately understand client's world
Demonstrate warmth and Unconditional Positive Regard for client
Help client learn to replace Conditional Positive Regard with Unconditional Positive Regard.
Therapy will be successful if client can view self in a more positive light

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