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Siginificant Aspects of Client-Centered Therapy

Significant Aspects of Client-Centered Therapy [1]
Carl R. Rogers (1946)
Classics in the History of Psychology
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Significant Aspects of Client-Centered Therapy [1]
Carl R. Rogers (1946)
University of Chicago
First published in American Psychologist, 1, 415-422
Posted March 2000
In planning to address this group, I have considered and discarded several possible
topics. I
was tempted to describe the process of non-directive therapy and the counselor
techniques and
procedures which seem most useful in bringing about this process. But much of this
material is
now in writing. My own book on counseling and psychotherapy contains much of the
material, and my recent more popular book on counseling with returning servicemen
tends to
supplement it. The philosophy of the client-centered approach and its application to work
children is persuasively presented by Allen. The application to counseling of industrial
employees is discussed in the volume by Cantor. Curran has now published in book
form one
of the several research studies which are throwing new light on both process and
Axline is publishing a book on play and group therapy. Snyder is bringing out a book of
So it seems unnecessary to come a long distance to summarize material which is, or
soon ·n-ill
be. obtainable in written form.
Another tempting possibility, particularly in this setting, was to discuss some of the roots
which the client-centered approach has sprung. It would have been interesting to show
how in
its concepts of repression and release, in its stress upon catharsis and insight, it has
roots in Freudian thinking, and to acknowledge that indebtedness. Such an analysis
could also
have shown that in its concept of the individual's ability to organize his own experience
there is
an even deeper indebtedness to the work of Rank, Taft, and Allen. In its stress upon
research, the subjecting of fluid attitudes to scientific investigation, the willingness to