Carl Rogers (1902 - 1987)

Carl Rogers is best known for his views about the therapeutic relationship. These views revolutionized the course of therapy. He took the, then, radical view that "the client knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been buried" (Rogers, 1961, pp. 11-12). He assisted people in taking responsibility for themselves. He believed that the experience of being understood and valued gives us the freedom to grow, while pathology derives from attempting to earn others' positive regard rather than following an inner compass.

Less well-known is that Carl Rogers was also innovative as one of the first therapists to actually systematically analyze therapy. He recorded sessions, analyzed transcripts of these sessions, and examined factors related to the outcome of therapy. He received the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award for his research from the American Psychological Association in 1956.

Look here for:

some of Rogers' writings; and

the home page of the Association of Humanistic Psychology.

This page was written to support my Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy class. I take full responsibility for any errors that are present herein.


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