What is the theory behind this Client centered therapy worksheet?
This worksheet is based on Carl Roger’s client- centered theory that views the therapist as a mere facilitator who helps the client discover the capabilities and resources within themselves that can ultimately empower them to solve their issues.
Rogers has emphasized the three important attitudes that a therapist must adopt in the therapeutic process for it to be truly client centered. These are (1) congruence or genuineness (2) unconditional positive regard and (3) accurate empathetic understanding
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will help therapists to analyze their work based on the three personal characteristics that Rogers has deemed crucial for the effectiveness of client centered therapy. It can serve both as a helpful reminder and an opportunity to self-reflect.
How to use the worksheet?
The therapist can use their notes, or session recordings and then reflect on the given questions to determine whether they are able to provide Roger’s specified nurturing conditions to the client for them to be able to resolve their own issues.
Client centered therapy worksheet
|A client centered therapist must possess these three qualities to be able to provide such conditions to the client where they can be empowered to resolve their issues. Review your notes or listen to your session recordings and comment on the areas you need to work on.|
|Congruence/Genuineness||Unconditional Positive Regard||Empathic understanding|
|The therapist is congruent to the clientThey are authentic and genuineThey feel comfortable being open with the clientThey express their feelings and attitudes, both positive and negativeThey communicate honestlyThey do not maintain a blank ‘facade’ unlike in psychoanalysis||The therapist accepts the client for who they are.They extend support and care without being judgmental about the client’s feelings, thoughts and behaviors‘I accept you as you are’ attitudeClient feels valued and does not need to worry about therapist’s acceptanceRecognition of clients right to have feelings||Ability to view the world from the client’s perspectiveAccurate understanding of client’s feelings without getting lost in them Help communicate what client already knows but also give meaning to their experiences so that they can view them differentlyDeep and subjective understanding not just an evaluative understandingExperience the world in the present as the client sees it Mirror client’s situation so that they can gain insight into their situation to arrive at solutions|
De Sousa, A. (2014). Client Centered Therapy. Indian Journal of Applied Research. 4(2), 10–13. ISSN – 2249-555X
Rogers, C. R. (1951). Client-centered therapy; its current practice, implications, and theory. Houghton Mifflin.
You can download this worksheet here.