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Conversation of person-centered therapy

Using a person-centered approach, can you create a response from a counselors viewpoint to each of the following statements made by a client. (see below) Discuss how the counselor's statement you created utilizes the key concepts of the theory, and how your response embodies the overall goal of the theory.

Client comment #1: "I just don't know what to do, and I am hoping you can tell me."

Client comment #2: "My mother thinks I am making the wrong decision, and that makes me livid. She is always trying to control me."

Client comment #3: "I am only here because my wife made me come, and I didn't want to hear her nagging anymore. I think counseling is stupid and definitely won't help me in any way!"

Client comment #4: "I'm going to school, have two kids, a husband, and a jobâ?¦most days I don't even know where to start."

Client comment #5: "I lost my five-year-old daughter to a year-long struggle with cancerâ?¦I just cry all of the time (client crying) and I just don't know what to do anymore. I've lost my daughterâ?¦my purpose."

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Client comment #1: "I just don't know what to do, and I am hoping you can tell me."

Therapist response: "You feel at a lost and are looking for guidance and direction?" "What are some things you like and enjoy doing?"- Connects and restates what the client is saying. Then puts the ball back into their hands to let them to think of somethings and come up with their own answers.

Client comment #2: "My mother thinks I am making the wrong decision, and that makes me livid. She is always trying to control me."

Therapist response: "Your mother thinks your decisions are bad ones and you get mad when she tells you?" "What about what she says allows you to get upset?" "Which decisions do you make that you ...

Solution Summary

Back and forth hypothetical conversation; questions and responses

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