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Rogers Revisited: The Genetic Impact of the Counseling Relationship
Jennifer D. Behm
Recent research in the area of epigenetics offers evidence that the core conditions Carl Rogers proposed as being essential for effective counseling are also conditions that heal down to the cellular level. Epigenetic science studies the impact of the environment, including emotions, on physical and mental health. This new science is a neurobiological vehicle of resilience that puts person-centered counseling in the driver’s seat. This paper provides counseling interventions that build on Rogers’ core conditions, founded in epigenetic science. These practices, like neuroplasticity, heal people down to the biological level and have implications for all who heal and for those who appropriate
funding for healing.