chapter  50
Because of its obsession with `non-directivity' the practice of person-centred therapy results in harmfully sloppy boundaries
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Person-centred therapists have been accused of an apparent professional and ethical laxness because of an assumed disregard for boundaries inherent in person-centred theory. To a large extent, this is the result of a misunderstanding of just who is person-centred and a confusion of the behaviour of individuals with what person-centred practice actually involves (see Wilkins 2003: 121±122). In reality, how person-centred practitioners operate with respect to boundaries is, for the most part, no different to therapists of other orientations. However, it is true that, from a theoretical perspective at least, because of the concern with power (Points 5, 6 and 37), the stance of personcentred therapy with respect to `boundaries' is different from some others. This is about the non-directive attitude and the stance of person-centred therapists as `non-expert' with respect to the client's process.