Person Centered Therapy

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Question: The topic chosen for your assignment is on Person centered therapy. Write in 3 equal parts the following: Briefly describe the key concepts. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of this therapy. How do you feel about the approach of this therapy? Answer: Psychotherapy Networker conducted a survey in 2006 (as cited in Corey, 2009) identifying Carl Rogers as the single most influential psychotherapist of the past quarter century. Using humanistic psychological concepts, Rogers formulated a person-centered approach to therapy. According to Corey (2009), he believed that people are trustworthy and have the potential to understand themselves and find their own solutions to problems without the therapist 's intervention.…show more content…
Another strength, according to Corey (2009), is that this model of therapy is safer than models that place the therapist in a more directive position such as psychoanalysis. It stresses on working alongside clients instead of getting ahead of them with the therapist 's interpretations. Furthermore, the Rogerian approach is versatile. Cain supports this by stating that extensive research shows person-centered therapy 's relevance to a vast range of clients and problems of all age groups (as cited in Corey, 2009). It has also left an impact on counselling as its core conditions have become universal to other therapies. The cognitive behavioural approach, for example, recognises the necessity of a therapeutic relationship that is built upon trust and acceptance for its success. This versatility also stretches beyond counseliing. The concepts of the approach are commonly accepted and widely adopted in other settings such as education, human relations and healthcare and are also applicable to one 's personal life (Corey, 2009). In addition, this approach is still relevant today. This is due to Rogers ' expectation of the therapy to continue to evolve. In presenting his theory, Rogers strived for others to view it as a set of guidelines for the development of the therapeutic process instead of a dogmatic set of rules to be adhered to. (Corey, 2009). However, despite these strengths, the person-centered approach does have its limitations. Many clients

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