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Client centered therapy; Depth therapy; Gestalt therapy; Holistic health; Humanistic psychology; Person-centered therapy
A genuine, non-judgmental, and empathic model of therapy that uses open-ended responses, reflective listening and tentative interpretations to promote client self-understanding.
Humanistic Therapy overlaps considerably with other existential approaches and emphasizes the growth and fulfillment of the self (self-actualization) through self-mastery, self-examination and creative expression. It holds a hopeful, constructive view of human beings and the individual’s substantial capacity to be self-determining. By and large, this therapeutic approach works with present (rather than past) occurrences and attitudes with a goal of client growth and fulfillment. Humanistic psychology acknowledges that an individual’s mind is strongly influenced by ongoing determining forces in both their unconscious and in the world arou ...
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- Humanistic Therapy
- Reference Work Title
- Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development
- pp 765-766
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- Springer US
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- Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
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- 480. Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center
- 481. Department of Psychology MS 2C6, George Mason University
- Michael Block (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. School Counseling & School Psychology, Azusa Pacific University, 901 East Alosta Ave, P.O. Box 7000, Azusa, CA, 91702-7000, USA
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