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Personal-centered counselling approach

Possible cross-cultural limitations of the person-centered approach to counselling are detailed.

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Firstly, a definition of personal-centered counselling approach suggests that there are three 'core conditions,' that the counselor needs to achieve when working with clients. These are:

1. Unconditional positive regard
2. Empathy
3. Congruence (being honest/genuine)

The approach purports that individuals have internal resources that they can draw upon to bring about change. The counselor's role is to provide a safe and supportive environment for this change to occur. This environment is achieved by employing the three core conditions.

The first core condition is that the counselor has unconditional positive regard for their client. That is, they accept the client unconditionally and are not judgmental. This positive regard is a 'given' and the client is not expected to do anything to 'earn' this. From this standpoint the counselor must not be ...

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A personal-centred counselling approach is examined.