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ERIC Number: ED446305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 17
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Theoretical Misconceptions: Person-Centered Therapy and Brief Counseling.
Coll, Kenneth M.; Hubbell, Kelly
This paper discusses some misconceptions about person-centered therapy being incompatible with brief counseling. Three major reasons contribute to why the person-centered approach has been omitted from the literature related to brief counseling. First, brief counseling was initially identified with the cognitive-behavioral school of therapy. Second, the person-centered approach is considered more of a philosophy. A third misconception concerns the misunderstanding surrounding empathy. In reality, therapists in short-term, time-limited situations are using many aspects of the person-centered approach. Both therapies share approaches that are based on similar beliefs, such as: psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual's needs; every individual has the potential towards growth; and therapists realize the significance of the therapeutic quality of a solidly built relationship. Included in the paper is an excerpt from a third session (out of 10 sessions) of a person-centered brief therapy with a 30-year-old woman who is working on improving her low sense of self-efficacy. (Contains 14 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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