Empathy toward client perception of therapist intent: Evaluating one's person-centeredness


Jo Cohen


Evaluating one's own person-centeredness can be facilitated by asking the question, "What is the client's perception of the therapist's intent" The present paper asserts that from a person-centered approach, the client's perceptual stance is the context for relationship development, and a context within which the therapist's response must be evaluated. Empathy with the client's phenomenal world of the therapists' intent can be a guide for evaluating therapeutic person-centeredness. To assure that the therapist manifests a trust in the client's self-actualization tendency, it is critical to assess the client's perception that this is so.