The Collaborative Approach
The collaborative approach holds to the belief that the therapist and client work together. It is opposed to the directive approach to therapy and instead focuses on listening to the client and reflecting.
Person-centered therapy is a set of principles rather than a particular technique. Therapists hold an unconditional positive regard and acceptance for clients and take a non-judgmental position, communicated through empathetic understanding, considering the client’s frame of reference as the foundation for therapy. In such an environment clients can access their capacity for self-awareness and begin the process of self-healing.