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Theoretical Orientation Paper Like Rogers, I believe that humans are inherently good. I believe that we all have the potential to succeed and do what makes us happy. I find that we need to dig deep within ourselves and find what makes us fulfilled and strive for that. The more someone tells you what to do, the least likely you are to doing it. Change takes one's own initiative, and ideally, support from those around you. I believe in the three major premises of Person-Centered therapy - congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard. I believe that for therapy to be successful, the therapist must be genuine and sincere with the client and be empathic of his/her feelings as well. Also, the counselor should always treat the client in a positive manner and establish a sense of safety within the therapeutic relationship. As a counselor one should help the client by communicating and listening without passing judgment. As this type of therapy is non-directive, I would refrain from telling the person what to do. I would just be a means to an end for them, helping them express their feelings and gain the support they need to get to where they want to be. There are also specific techniques that will enable counselors to establish a positive therapeutic relationship with clients within this type of therapy. Some of these techniques include eye contact, positive body language (such as leaning in to the client and sitting properly), minimal encouragers (i.e. head nodding to demonstrate active listening), reflecting content (repeating to the client what he or she has stated), and silence (allowing the client to have moments of silence to think and speak as opposed to bombarding them with more questions or pressuring them to go on). One of the most important techniques would be to ask open-ended questions that will allow the client to speak about their feelings

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