Carl Rogers and his patient-centered approach to therapy. The core of Rogers’ therapeutic approach involves 1) trying to genuinely understand the client, 2) genuinely and unconditionally caring about the client, and 3) being authentic in the therapeutic relationship.


  • What do you think of these conditions for change, growth, and drawing out the potential of the client?
  • Are there aspects of his approach you have concerns about or disagree with?
  • What do you like and dislike most about his approach?
  • How is empathy, therapeutic communication, and positive regard integrated into this therapy modality?
  • What diagnoses would you correlate best with this therapy modality, and why?





  • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). 
  • American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Corey, G. (2016). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Cengage.

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