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a technique in psychotherapy and counseling wherein the client controls the path of therapy by displaying their own emotions, stating their own troubles, and interpreting their own actions while at the same time the therapy professional sets an encouraging environment and provides clarification of the patient's thoughts and ideas instead of having control over the procedure. This technique is a cornerstone of patient-centered therapy.

NONDIRECTIVE APPROACH: "The non-directive approach is one of the most common in the therapy world."

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