Affection is the genuineness, realness, or congruence that the practitioner brings to the relationship. The more the practitioner is “real” in the relationship, the greater is the likelihood that the client will change and grow in a constructive manner.
Walters, Beverley, Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani, “Developing Effective Client Relationships.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.168.