A strategy in therapies that are client-centered in which the therapist makes a conscious effort to experience a situation in the same manner as the client and then attempts to rephrase that client's thoughts and feeling from their point of view.

PRIMARY EMPATHY: "For a counselor to show primary empathy, she must be a very good listener."
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