Examined the effect of a client-centered vs a rational-emotive psychotherapeutic communication style on the mood of male and female clients in an initial therapeutic setting. Human Ss: 32 male and 31 female adults (average age 25.2 yrs) (university students). The 2 communication styles were operationalized by a subtle form of feedback (accepting vs confronting). The emotional effect of the 2 feedback styles was measured twice: Ss had to rate 8 different mood dimensions on a 5-point scale. Data were analyzed with regard to the 2 communication styles (emphatic vs critical) and according to the psychological gender of the clients.