Why Person-Centered Therapy?

    Five decades of psychotherapy outcome research now clearly identify the factors that contribute to successful client outcome. The factors of the client/therapist relationship and the client’s internal and external resources (extratherapeutic variables) account for seventy-percent of success (Duncan, Hubble, & Miller, 1997). These are the variables that are the foundation of Person-Centered Therapy. There is a proposed treatment model based upon psychotherapy research that, unrealized by the authors, is substantially the person-centered model (Duncan and Moynihan, 1994).

    I predominately use the term person-centered therapy rather than client-centered therapy in order to emphasize the remarkable resiliency and self-resources of persons entering therapy. The term also suggests greater behavioral flexibility for the therapist than is often mistakenly associated with the term client-centered therapy.  I maintain that the two labels are not different and that both terms refer to the theory proposed by Carl Rogers. Periodically, the terms are used interchangeably in this book. The term person-centered therapy represents to me a re-birth of Rogers’ remarkable trust of each individual’s potency for self-determination and selt-authority.
Jerold D. Bozarth 1998

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