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Empathy Case Study

After reading the Theories in Action: Person-Centered Counseling role-play (see attachment). In what specific ways, verbally and non-verbally, did the counselor in the person-centered role-play convey empathy? Describe how you could see that he was "being" with the client and creating the therapeutic environment. If you were working with this client, what other ways might you convey empathy?

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As an aspect of his person-centered approach to counseling, Carl Rogers identified what should be a facilitative relationship with the client. A basic assumption of the person-centered approach is that the individual is believed to possess a natural tendency by which to discover his or her own potential. According to Edvardsson, Fetherstonhaugh, Nay & Gibson (2010), with person-centered therapy, the therapist role consists of: (a) playing a supportive, but nondirective role (b) recognizing the position of the patient, and (c) acknowledging personal experiences in life and relationships, including the social environment.

(a) In what specific ways, verbally and nonverbally, did the counselor in the person-centered role-play convey empathy?

Empathy is the therapist's ability to adopt the client's frame of reference. In the role play with Jose and Dr. Neukrug, as the ...

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This soluton examines three specific theories and the manner in which they convey empathy.

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