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The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers

Cases and Commentary

Edited by Barry A. Farber, Debora C. Brink, and Patricia M. Raskin

July 13, 1998
ISBN 9781572303775
Price: $47.00
383 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Copyright Date: 1996

This book presents ten cases conducted by Carl Rogers, eight of which are fully transcribed. Featuring critical commentaries by notable psychotherapists, the book affords readers the opportunity to read unedited case material by this pioneering — though often overlooked — client-centered therapist, and to compare the responses of therapists from diverse orientations. The cases included represent Rogers' work over a 40-year period with clients with a range of presenting problems. Contributing authors, who include practitioners of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt, existential, and spiritual models of psychotherapy, as well as client-centered approaches, comment on the strengths and weaknesses of Rogers' approach to each case and evaluate his theoretical assumptions. In all, the volume both honors Rogers' memory and demystifies his contributions to the field.

“The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers has much breadth and depth. It allows critics their say along with Rogers' advocates. This book is well crafted, exquisitely thorough, and as respectfully eclectic as one might wish.”

AHP Perspective (Association for Humanistic Psychology)

“Hallelujah! At least here is a book exploring in depth the therapy of Carl Rogers not only from the person-centered perspective....It is particularly helpful to examine contrasting case conceptualizations of a single therapy case. This feature alone is more than worth the price of the book....The selection of contributors is superior.”

Psychotherapy in Private Practice

“Farber, Brink, and Raskin have compiled a unique and exciting volume. This superbly edited collection of therapy transcripts and associated commentaries helps to consolidate Carl Rogers' legacy to the field and will stimulate critical thinking and discussion for years to come. Therapists of all orientations will appreciate this rich collection of clinical material demonstrating a master clinician at work as well as the stimulating commentaries by leading theorists. The volume will acquaint a new generation of clinicians with Rogers' remarkably prescient thinking and will help to stimulate the type of close attention in academic circles that it so deeply deserves.”

—Jeremy D. Safran, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York, NY

“To be deeply heard on an emotional level is a rare, transformative occurrence. My father was such a master listener who created an I-thou relationship with his clients. Witnessing his psychotherapy was to view a man fully open, receptive and present to another human being while holding a deep faith in the actualizing abilities of that person. The book offers a broad range of theoretical analyses of 10 recorded and transcribed cases of Carl Rogers. Although the written word never fully captures the aura, essence or ambience of a therapeutic session, it is important to try to understand what Carl Rogers did—what worked and what didn't work—to create a growthful environment for the client. As we critique and learn from his work we advance the field of psychotherapy.”

—Natalie Rogers, PhD, author of The Creative Connection

Table of Contents

Foreword, Bowen

Introduction, Farber

1. A Scheme of Rogers's Clinical Responses, Brink and Farber

I. Rogers' Therapy Cases: Views from Within

*Introductory Comments, Brink

2. The Case of Loretta (1958)


*Commentary: A Psychiatric Inpatient, N. J. Raskin

3. The Case of Gloria (1964)

*Summary, Rosenzweig

*Commentary:The Effects of Meeting Some, But Not All, of the "Necessary and Sufficient" Conditions, Zimring

4. The Case of Jill (1983)


*Commentary: The Myth of Nondirectiveness, Bowen

5. The Cases of Mary (1986) and Louise (1986)


*Commentary: An Argument for Client Self-Determination, Natiello

II. Rogers's Therapy Cases: Views from Within and Without

*Introductory Comments, P. M. Raskin

6. The Case of Mary Jane Tilden (1946)


*Commentary 1: Client-Centered Therapy and Undivided Attention, Dingman

*Commentary 2: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective, Geller and Gould

7. The Case of Jim Brown (1962)


*Commentary 1: A Silent Young Man, Bozarth

*Commentary 2: The Power of Empathic Exploration: A Process-Experiential/Gestalt Perspective, Greenberg

8. The Case of Sylvia (1976)


*Commentary 1: An Intimate and Affirming Encounter, Cain

*Commentary 2: A Feminist Analysis, O'Hara

9. The Case of "Anger and Hurt" (1977)

*Summary, Brink and Rosenzweig

*Commentary 1: Uncharacteristic Directness, Brodley

*Commentary 2: Rogers and the Development of a Spiritual Psychotherapy, Menahem

10. The Case of Mark (1982): The Dilemmas of a South African White


*Commentary 1: The Power of the Brief Encounter, Seeman.

*Commentary 2: An Empirical Analysis and Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective, Hayes and Goldfried

About the Editors

Barry A. Farber, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. His scholarly interests have focused on the process and outcome of psychotherapy, on the nature and implications of psychological-mindedness, and on burnout in teachers and therapists. He maintains a part-time private practice in psychotherapy.

Debora C. Brink, Ph.D., taught Developmental Psychology at the City College of New York for more than 20 years. After retiring in 1986, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Patricia M. Raskin, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include career development in adult women, identity, and intimacy.


Psychotherapy practitioners and students.

Serves as a text for courses in counseling and psychotherapy; comparative psychotherapy; history and systems of psychotherapy; humanistic psychology; and client-centered therapy.

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Serves as a text for courses in counseling and psychotherapy; comparative psychotherapy; history and systems of psychotherapy; humanistic psychology; and client-centered therapy.