Therapeutic Models

The Differences between the Therapeutic Models…

Therapeutic Models – The diagram below was developed as part of this research project to summarise the key differences (and similarities) between the theories.


  • Long Term
  • Analyses Causes/Why?
  • Listener lead
  • Equal Relationship
  • Needs trust building

Person Centred

  • Takes time needed
  • Considers Causes
  • Speaker-Lead
  • Non-directive
  • Needs trust building

Cognitive-Behavioural Theory

  • Short-term
  • Does not consider causes
  • Listener-directed
  • Structures/guides a solution
  • Needs to become open and honest

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