Client-Centered therapy is a very old way of treating psychological disorders. Carl Rogers introduced this technique sixty years ago // .
There has been lot of questions about this technique. But it was one approach that made the psychologist to view problems of their patients from a different perspective.
It was contradictory to various existing approaches present at that time and still this therapy is not widely accepted by many psychologists.
In this therapy the therapist is not allowed to talk whereas the patient is asked to do all the talking. The therapist does not pose any questions to the patient nor does it give any advices or reassurances. It strictly not allows the doctor to agree or disagree with the client.
The therapist listens to the problems of the patient. The patient is given complete freedom to talk about his feelings.
The therapist does not provide a solution nor is allowed to give a judgment about the issue but the patients feels reassured that his problems are understood by the therapist.
This makes the patient understand better about himself and about all those aspects about himself that he has been denying. The result is that the patient understands that he has a control over all the things that is happening in his life.
On the other hand the critics criticize it because it is vague, does not provide any diagnosis and depends on the self judgement for the treatment of the patient.
The disadvantages are that they can be used to treat patients who are not willing to talk about the disease or suffer from disease which don’t allow them to perceive reality.
At present not many use it in the routine diagnosis except for a few number of supporters. Though it is not a famous technique it has been the basis of many new therapies and has influenced many therapies.
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