Carl Rogers and The Terapeutic Climate

"Retrato de Carl Rogers"

Did you know that…..

For Carl Rogers, father of the ” Psychotherapy Centered on the Client “, the attitudes of the psychotherapist in the course of a psychotherapy are very important ?

For this American psychologist the therapist must have a “ positive, genuine and unconditional attention towards the patient, as well as an empathic and precise comprehension “.

Carl Rogers said: “ I have long held that it is not the technical skill or training of the therapist that determines his success, not, for example, his skillful dream interpretation, his sensitive reflections of feeling, his handling of the transference, his subtle use of positive reinforcement. Instead, I believe it is the presence of certain attitudes in the therapist, which are communicated to, and perceived by his client, that effect success in psychotherapy. The therapist can provide three definable conditions in his relationship with the client and if the client can perceive to some degree the presence of these conditions, then therapeutic movement will ensue, these three conditions are the therapist’s congruence or genuineness; unconditional positive regard, a complete acceptance; and a sensitively accurate empathic understanding “.


(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)

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