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  1. Person-centered theory • Originated with Carl Rogers • Core tendency of humans to develop innate potential • Client is active agent of change in counseling relationship • When given the freedom to explore individuals will successfully re-direct their own lives. Cathy Chambless, Utah State University

  2. Goals of person-centered counseling • Person to develop all capacities that serve to maintain or enhance self • “self actualization” • Develop congruence between behaviors and self perception • Outcome is greater openness to experience, reduction of defensiveness, objectivity of perception, greater self acceptance Cathy Chambless, Utah State University

  3. Techniques of person-centered counseling • Therapist must have unconditional positive regard for client • Deep empathic understanding • Client must perceive acceptance • Techniques involved counselor reflecting feelings of client • Counselor does NOT give advice, information, testing data, or anything that suggests counselor’s ideas. Cathy Chambless, Utah State University