Person Centered Case Conceptualization

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Person-Centered Case Study of Melissa A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan Liberty University Abstract Person-centered therapy was developed over the course of approximately 40 years by a man named Carl Rogers. Rogers believed a person experienced dysfunction when they are unable to experience themselves as the individual they perceive themselves to be. This is a person-centered case study for Melissa Reed who views her ideal self as a mother and wife. A woman who is now on her fifth marriage and has relational discord with her two daughters struggles with a sense of self-worth. The therapist will attempt to help Melissa progress through therapy at her own pace while working toward congruency between her real self and who she…show more content…
This will allow her the freedom to explore all parts of herself; parts that have been denied or distorted as a result of her life experience. Therapy should offer her the opportunity to recognize conditions she has internalized that have caused feelings of unworthiness or conditions that are unrealistic that must be met for her to experience a sense of self-worth. Boontarika Narknisorn (2012) provides a list of qualities that person centered therapy can enhance through the goals of the therapy: “enhancing self-awareness, recognizing values of ‘congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathic understanding’, self-responsibility, understanding one’s feelings, awareness of one’s own perspective, being open to experience, being rational, living a fuller life, positive life-direction, acceptance of one’s and other’s uniqueness, prizing one and others, and living a moral and ethical life” (pg. 343). Interventions Creating a Therapeutic Alliance. When working with Melissa via the person-centered therapy approach, I would work at creating a strong therapeutic alliance. Clinton and Ohlschlager (2002), provide four steps to creating a therapeutic alliance within the first few sessions: “suspending criticism and judgmental talk, listening actively, staying
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