Essay on Person Centred Therapy

3197 Words Aug 19th, 2012 13 Pages
“The Person-Centred Therapy approach has its limitations when it comes to treating a gambling addiction.” Discuss.

In this assignment I am going to discuss what constitutes addictive behaviour in the context of therapeutic work. An evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) will be used to highlight the limitations of this mode of therapy when used for clients with a gambling addiction. Other models of therapy will also be explored in order to ascertain whether a single or combination of therapies would be more effective in dealing with said addiction. Ethical issues will also be discussed. Using PCT and other models, a treatment plan will be outlined describing how a therapist might work with a client
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In addition there is usually a singer or group on that will appeal to the younger audience. Emmerdale (TV soap) is sponsored by an online bingo company as is Jeremy Kyle whose programme is high in the TV ratings. On satellite TV there are infinite numbers of casino and other types of gambling stations.

RCP also suggest that a person is more predisposed to becoming addicted to gambling if someone else in the family – particularly a parent is or has been a problem gambler. This can be partly due to learnt behaviour – by seeing a parent gamble or having been taught to gamble by them, the child will feel that this activity is acceptable and a family activity. Often children are taken to dog or horse racing and encouraged to have a bet. This early initiation into gambling will mean that the symptoms of euphoria and excitement of the activity will be embedded at an early age. Another group of people who are more likely to become addicted to gambling are those who are already dependent or alcohol or illegal drugs and thus are already presenting as having an addictive personalities. It is interesting to note the location of many bookmakers in relation to pubs and social clubs in city centres and housing estates.

RCP literature also cites that persons who are depressed, anxious and/or have bipolar affective disorder are also more likely to become gamblers. Chrysalis highlights