Organized around the latest CACREP standards, <b>Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice</b>, by Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang, presents theory as an essential component to both counselor identity formation and professional practice. Drawing on the contributions of current practitioners, the text uses both classical and cutting-edge theoretical models of change as lenses for processing client information and developing case conceptualizations and intervention plans. Each chapter provides a snapshot of a particular theory/approach and the major thinkers associated with each theory as well as case illustrations and guided practice exercises to help readers internalize the content presented and apply it to their own development as counselors.
Chapter 7: Carl Rogers and Client-Centered Counseling
Carl Rogers and Client-Centered Counseling
With a learned person it is impossible to discuss the problems of life; he is bound by his system.
While client-centered therapy still appears in collections of essays on theoretical orientations and Carl Rogers has been named one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, relatively few practitioners today identify themselves as client-centered therapists. Why is this so? A reasonable guess is that contemporary therapists believe they have absorbed the contributions of Rogers's work. Empathic understanding, acceptant caring, and genuineness on the therapist's part are significant factors in creating effective therapeutic relationships. In numerous meta-analytic studies, these “core conditions” appear to characterize the work of effective therapists across orientations (Elliott & ...