Maintain and Enhance: An Integrative View of Person-Centered and Process-Differentiated Diagnostics
The author reviews, compares, contrasts and comments on various views of diagnosis in Person-Centered and Experiential therapies, especially as presented in the PCE 2003 keynote speeches of Greenberg (2004), Sachse (2004), and Schmid (2004). These views include the incorporation of traditional (DSM) diagnosis, reflexive models of the client, exercise of 'therapeutic' expertise, process diagnosis, and therapy as diagnosis. The paper concludes with an integrative view that values the potentially enhancing qualities of diagnostic formulations while maintaining the core aspects of person-centeredness. While diagnosis is generally incompatible with the person-centered approach, some aspects may be helpful for skill development and interactions with systems. The dialectic of being and doing, which rests upon principled nondirectivity, is emphasized. © Cornelius-White.
Diagnosis, Person-centered therapy, Process differentiation, Theoretical integration
Cornelius-White, Jeffrey HD. "Maintain and Enhance: An integrative view of person-centered and process-differentiated diagnostics." Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies 3, no. 4 (2004): 268-276.
Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies