My Own Beliefs And Values

1808 WordsNov 27, 20168 Pages
Through the process of examining my own beliefs and values through which I see the world around me, I have come to a better understanding of the theory and the theoretical paradigm that best fits my personality and views. Though I identify with different aspects of several of the theories we have covered, I feel most drawn to the Humanistic-Existential paradigm and believe that an integration of Existential, Person-Centered, and Gestalt therapy through the theoretical orientation of Emotion-Focused therapy by Leslie Greenberg best suites my views and values. Many factors have shaped my life, and who I am will continue to be molded by my experiences. I believe that my family, the culture and place I was born and raised in, and my shifting peer groups have greatly influenced my life and myself. Being raised in Texas, in the United States, in the 1990s, have shaped how I see the world. The schools I have attended (Baylor University for undergraduate), the jobs I have held (yoga instructor, rock wall attendant, AmeriCorps VISTA with the Menominee Native American Tribe, etc.), my friends and their cultural backgrounds and experiences, and the books/information I read and learn all influence my thoughts and values. In my Multicultural Counseling class I learned of Pamela A. Hays` ADDRESSING model, and how helpful this model is in determining the salient cultural factors in our own lives and the lives of our clients. A stands for age and generational factors; for me, the time
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