Just two alcohol treatment studies have tested Carl Rogers’ classic account of the “necessary and sufficient conditions” for effective therapy. Each stripped out motivational interviewing’s directive elements, leaving only ‘Rogerian’ empathic and reflective listening. Did the clients do just as well? If the iconoclastic Rogers who “doubted every authority including his own” had lived to find out, he might have felt his doubts only partly justified.
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