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Problem-centered is not person-centered

Mearns, Dave (2004) Problem-centered is not person-centered. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 3 (2). pp. 88-101. ISSN 1477-9757

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Abstract

In this paper I look at the relationship between person-centered therapy and a problem-centered world in which the medical model is applied to mental health. I reject the responses of either opting out of that mainstream or conforming to it. Instead, I take a principled stance that the person-centered paradigm has much to offer and that it therefore behoves us to establish it by a process of 'articulating' with the relevant institutions of society. In this paper I endeavor to retain the personal and provocative nature of the keynote presentation from which it derives.