Reality Therapy

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Reality Therapy was developed by psychiatrist William Glasser (1925). By 1962 Reality Therapy was complete, and Glasser then revised William Powers’ Control Theory and renamed it Choice Theory in 1996. The New Reality Theory claims that most clients share the same basic dilemma: an unhappy relationship with a significant person in their life. The main goal of this therapy is to support clients in connecting with the people they wish to include in their quality world, which is the world they would like to live in if they could, and which is based on their individual and specific needs. The goal of Reality Therapy is to also help clients learn more effective ways of fulfilling their needs of power (to achieve and accomplish), freedom (to…show more content…
The therapist must come from a place that is mildly confrontive yet always non-criticizing, non-blaming, non-complaining, and caring. A reality therapist must be genuine in order to be the kind of person that clients would have in their quality world. This dependability will help the client learn how to get close to the people they need. If I were practicing reality therapy, I would explore WDEP (W= wants/needs, D= direction/doing, E= self-evaluation, P= planning) with my clients. These are thought-provoking questions that can help clients explore, recognize, self-evaluate, define, and refine every area of their lives. These questions can help increase clients’ awareness of their total behavior (including self-defeating behaviors) and can help them re-prioritize their lives. Clients will then determine on their own what they want to change based on their new insights about their current life pattern. I would help my client explore other possible behaviors and assist him or her formulate an action plan. Allowing my client to take the lead in creating and carrying out the plan will help increase their autonomy, self-esteem, and basic need for power and freedom. I could understand this therapy appearing somewhat cold and lacking empathy, particularly if working with a client who has been previously diagnosed with PTSD; however I also believe this therapy can show a client how to stand on his/her own two feet and
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