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Genuineness (Congruence)

The Person-Centered Therapy relationship must always be an honest one. The counselor needs to be real and true in the relationship. Individuals who cannot accept others (i.e. because of personal values and beliefs they hold rigidly and apply to all), or who will not listen and try to understand ... cannot do Person-Centered Therapy. The therapist must embody the attitudinal quality of genuineness and to experience empathic understanding from the client’s internal frame of reference and to experience unconditional positive regard towards the client. When the client perceives the therapist’s empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard, the actualizing tendency of the client is promoted.

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