Problem-centered is not person-centered

Dave Mearns

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)88-101
    Number of pages13
    JournalPerson-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • person-centered therapy
    • problem-centered world
    • mental health


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