The humanistic tradition emphasized the therapist’s presence as crucial to therapeutic change, as a factor a great deal more important than the acquisition of academic knowledge or the mastery of a particular set of skills. Rogers (1980) famously wrote:

I find that when I am closest to my inner, intuitive self, when I am somehow in touch with the unknown in me … then whatever I do seems to be full of healing. Then, simply my presence is releasing and helpful to the other.

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