Evaluate the Claim That Person Centered Therapy Offers Tthe Therapist All That He/She Need to Treat Clients

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Student Name | Claire Battle | Course | Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Year Two - Module one | Tutor | Jackie Smith | Essay Title / Work | “Evaluate the claim that Person-Centred Therapy offers the therapist all that he/she will need to treat clients” | Word Count | 2723 | INTRODUCTION My aim is to explore Carl Roger's theory that Person Centred Therapy was a complete system for therapists to offer help in a counselling way to clients presenting with a full variety of issues. I will do this by establishing my understanding of the basic theory, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of Rogers theory and consider other opinions / arguments, and conclude with my thoughts on…show more content…
(“First Steps in Counselling” P Saunders. 2002 p.22) Person Centred Therapy does not offer many techniques or “rules” to work with. Rogers believed the therapy would be effective in simply supplying circumstances where the core conditions were consistent and the client would do the rest. The six conditions are regularly abbreviated to:- EMPATHY – with the therapist trying to feel what the client is trying to express – to understand from their (the clients) perspective not their own (the therapists) what things mean or how things feel, to themselves ( the client) CONGRUENCE (or Genuineness) – being genuine and honest with the client, not just using tools or having a pretence of congruence but that the therapist genuinely feels a positive connection to the client. UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD (or being non judgemental) demonstrating that you value the client as a person regardless of what they have done or how they behaved. In Person Centred Therapy the client is encouraged to talk about whatever they wish, stopping where they want, changing subjects and the therapists role is to actively listen, demonstrating that they have understood and creating a “safe environment” where the client can explore their own feelings at

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