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Importance Of Person Centred Counselling

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Furthermore, Masson (2012) puts forward the idea that if anyone has access to these qualities needed for effective therapy then the client should look to friends as their counsellors as they have no other motive but to help their friend who is struggling to find the solution to a difficult personal situation. Contrary to ideas contained within the core concepts, Masson (2012) claims that the counsellor is not in fact being ‘real’ with the client as if they were then the counsellor would have the same reactions towards the client as they do with anyone else in their real life. If the counsellor was in fact being completely authentic with the client then they would not suspend judgment and treat them as they would do the people which they encounter…show more content…
Person centred counselling is therefore focused upon the individuals counsellors own qualities and interpersonal skills over the specific mode in which these qualities and skills are used in relation to clients. This can mean that person centred counselling is hard to put into practice as the approach does not rely on techniques but relies upon the personal qualities of the counsellor as there are no strict theoretical guidelines which state exactly how a counsellor must act in order help their clients (The British Association for the Person-centred Approach, 2015). Moreover, Rogers did not like the idea of the approach staying the same and advocated the disliked the idea of the approach standing still, and was a strong advocate of modification of the theory. A number of different approaches to person-centred counselling have emerged, with each approach taking a slightly different perspective on how to help the client. Although these branches of person centred counselling share the same underlying ideas of the original theoretical perspective each one offers a different method of person centred counselling (Gillon, 2007). Therefore, it is generally only the personal qualities and skills of the counsellor which transfer between each subdivision in person centred counselling rather…show more content…
However, studies have shown that these conditions are not always enough for the counsellor to be of benefit to the client. In 1957 Rogers and some of his colleagues conducted a study investigating person centred counselling in relation to hospitalised schizophrenic patients. A person centred approach proved to be rather ineffective with this type of client, the counsellors found that forming healing and beneficial relationships with these clients was extremely difficult in such an institutionalised setting (McLeod, 2013). Person centred counselling was found to be relatively effective when treating disorders that are not as severe as schizophrenia (Eysenck, 2009). Counsellors found that introspective empathic styles of counselling, effective with those who were suffering from disorders such as anxiety, could not translate to those clients who were ‘locked in their own world’ like those within institutions or with severe mental health issues (McLeod, 2013). Counsellors found that in order to reach these clients they had to be much more honest and open themselves up to the clients. These findings reveal that counsellors must branch out from the loose boundaries of the mode of person centred counselling practice and rely on their own personal qualities and interpersonal
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