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‘Bonds’ concern matters to do with the relationship that develops between you and your clients. This relationship is considered in different ways by the different major counselling approaches, as we shall see later in this chapter. There are a number of components of the counselling bond that need to be considered. The first component has come to be known informally in the counselling world as the ‘core conditions’.

The ‘Core Conditions’

In the late 1950s, Carl Rogers (1957), the founder of person-centred counselling, wrote what has become perhaps one of the most quoted and influential articles that has ever been published in the counselling literature. His argument was that there were a small number of conditions that are necessary and sufficient for constructive personality change in ...

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