Article Psychotherapy  

Peter F. Schmid

The Characteristics of a Person-Centered Approach to Therapy and Counseling
Criteria for Identity and Coherence


One hundred years after the birth of its founder the Person-Centered Approach to therapy and counseling proves its vitality among other things by a lot of different and creative ways of practice and theory evolution. This is probably what Carl Rogers had in mind when he encouraged a continuous revision and ongoing theoretical and practical development. However, the more sub-orientations emerge and the more approaches and methods claim to be person-centered the more the question comes up what the criteria are to see oneself in the person-centered tradition. What are the decisive factors for a person-centered self-understanding of diverse branches of person-centered and experiential therapies?

I will discuss criteria for a coherent person-centered conception of theory and practice in psychotherapy and counseling “after” the paradigm shift we owe to Carl Rogers and give reasons for the necessity for ongoing dialogue and mutual challenge among the branches of our “family”.

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Peter F. Schmid, Univ.Doz. Prof. Mag. Dr.
Founder of person–centered training and further training in Austria, Universitätsdozent at the University of Graz, Styria; Professor at the Hochschule St. Gabriel / Mödling; person–centred psychotherapist; psychotherapy trainer and staff member of the "Academy for Counselling and Psychotherapy" of the "Institute for Person–Centred Studies" of the APG in Vienna, 10 books and numerous articles about further developments of the Person–Centered Approach.

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