Psychological Theoretical Orientation

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The theoretical orientation that best suites my personal style is a combination of both client-centered and brief therapy. In the first part of the paper, I try and describe the importance of developing a good client/therapist relationship using a client-centered approach. I like this approach the best because it helps the client to be more open and truthful with the therapist. There are several techniques that I find important in developing this bond such as: genuineness, unconditional positive regard, accurate empathy, and active listening. After building a relationship with the client, a therapist is now faced with identifying and solving a problem behavior. With this in mind, I found that the brief therapy method best fits my style.…show more content…
The last technique that is really great with client-centered therapy is the use of active listening. This is when the therapist gives complete and total attention to what a client says or means (Allen 1994). A great way of doing this is by restating or paraphrasing what the client says. By doing this, a client begins to feel that their thoughts and ideas are understood by the therapist. On the flip side of the coin, the therapist can make sure that they understand what the client is trying to say. This definitely helps to make therapy more effective and time efficient by identifying any forms of miscommunication. Not only that, but the client feels like the therapist is invested in their situation. This can help them feel more comfortable with the therapist and therefore more likely to reveal key information. Other than techniques, there are many concepts of this therapy style that fit my understanding of human nature. I really like how this therapy stresses the importance of becoming a fully functioning person. This best can be described as someone who is willing to open themselves up to new experiences and challenges (Allen 1994). A person who is fully functioning is not afraid to take risks, and is willing to fail along the way. These types of people are also highly motivated and resilient to the external world around them. They are autonomous and find their strength from within, instead of depending and relying on others for strength. It would seem like only a
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