Nondirectivity In The Theories Of Carl R. Rogers Theory Of Therapy

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1.0 Rogers’ Theory of Therapy

Jerold Bozarth, the well-known person-centred reader and the president of Person-Centre International from University of Georgia, USA, in his article ‘Nondirectivity’ in the theory of Carl R. Rogers: An unprecedented premise’ (2012) defined that “In Roger’s theory of therapy, nondirectivity refers to the therapist’s actions, attitudes, and demeanor that maximize the opportunity for the client/participant to direct her/his own life (…) the client is the director of her/his own life when facilitated through a psychological environment characterized by the congruent therapist experiencing of unconditional positive regard and empathy towards the client” (Bozarth, 2012).

Pete Sanders, was editor of British Association
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The term of ‘Person-Centred Approach’ was created after the Rogers and his associates acknowledged that the outcome of their therapeutic theory and technique could be transferred to the wider perspective where people’s growth and development become important to the society. According to Centre for Studies of the Person (CSP), “Carl changed the name to Person-Centred Approach because he was working with people who were not his clients. Person-Centred Approach is the same model, but it has broader applications than Client-Centred Therapy” (CSP, 2015).

Rogers’ person-centred approach has been applied in many kind of therapy and counselling which is not only for the clinical purposes. Ross Crisp, a practising psychologist in Melbourne, Australia states “Rogers’ renamed person-centred approach (PCA) applies to goal-oriented programs and nonclinical settings in various spheres of life such as education, encounter groups, team building, employee relations and management” (Crisp,
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Whereas the nondirective approach is the important key element in both person-centred manners which are made by Rogers for the therapist to facilitate the client’s tendency for self-development and self-empowerment. Bozarth’s review on Rogers’ theory of therapy that “freedom in the therapeutic relationship emerges only from the client’s perception of the therapist’s nondirective trust. It is from the implementation of this trust that the client is facilitated towards her own direction, in her own pace, and in her own way” (Bozarth,

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