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The 'lonely chair' technique

Plea for the therapist's inner critic

ARTICLEHilde Libbrecht - 57–4 (2019)

SUMMARY

This article will take you on a search for what discerns the brand of person­centered therapy from that of other therapeutic direc­tions. Based on her own evolution as a client­centered therapist the author will consider what directions person­centered therapy took over time. Many of its features remained stable but to define ourselves as the sum of some characteristics ignores the underly­ing paradigm. It is shown that, at a time when the red carpet is rol­led out for the dominance of the medical model in mental health care based on the values of neoliberalism, the person­centered paradigm is still controversial.

KEYWORDS

client-centered paradigm, identity, ideology, science