The Usefulness Of The Core Qualities Of A Client-Centered Psychotherapist To African Clients



Knowing that the client-centered Psychotherapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the United States of America in the 1940s and 1950s, and is widely practiced in Europe and America, the usefulness of this form of therapy to the African clients is yet to be documented. Therefore, this is an inquiry into the usefulness of the core qualities of a client-centered psychotherapist for an African client. The three core qualities are: genuineness, unconditional positive regard and empathy. The authors reviewed literature on the core qualities, and based on their long-time psychotherapeutic experience and practice with black African clients, make assertions on the usefulness of the core qualities. The authors assert that the core qualities are very useful to the majority of the black African clients.  They spore the clients to be genuine to themselves, unconditionally prizing of themselves, and be disposed to navigate deeper into sensitive areas of their life experiences, for insight into the source or true cause of their distress, therefore leading to independent decision-making about the best life course for them to chat. The practice of client-centered psychotherapy is therefore recommended for black African clients.




  • Leonard Chioma Onwukwe
    Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Nigeria
  • Sylvester Ntomchukwu Madu
    Department of Psychology, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Nigeria;
    School of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences, Okija, Anambra State, Nigeria
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