‘’Evaluate the Claim That Person-Centered Therapy Offers the Therapist All That He/She Will Need to Treat Clients’’

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Adriaana Nye Module 1 – Essay 2396 words Course code: ‘’Evaluate the claim that Person-centered therapy offers the therapist all that he/she will need to treat clients’’ This essay is intended to explore the statement that Person-centered therapy offers therapists all they need to treat clients. In order to do this I intend to further explore the opinions of other individuals practicing and researching counseling therapies. My first thoughts are that if the Person centered approach was sufficient, there might not have been such a great variety of other approaches such as Cognitive therapy, Existential therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral therapy, Psychotherapy etc. Hence, we are embarking a course on Psychotherapy. A…show more content…
If, while seeking water, you enter a cave with no oxygen, you will first satisfy the need for air before water or food. If, while trying to leave the cave to get air a rock fall puts you in danger of getting killed, you will seek to satisfy your need for safety before air, water and food and so forth. This explains that’s there is a clear hierarchy as to which need is ‘pre-eminent in consciousness. Carl Rogers believed "the core of man's nature is essentially positive". Some may argue that it depends on the individuals own perception of ‘good’ ie suicide bombers vs missionary work. He maintained that the human "organism" has an underlying "actualizing tendency", which aims to develop all capacities in ways that maintain or enhance the organism and move it toward autonomy; Maslow’s self actualization, as aforementioned is basically this. This tendency is directional, constructive and present in all living things. The actualizing tendency can be suppressed but can never be destroyed without the destruction of the organism (Rogers, 1977). The concept of the actualizing tendency is the only motive force in the theory, and is partly steered by the need for unconditional positive regards from others and from self. Although this may be true, some people feel that it can be taken to far and damage growth in children, and also put lives in danger. *1 ‘’Critiques of Rogers's person-centered therapy begin with his basic conception of human nature as tending toward the good and
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