Word Count - 2448
“Evaluate the claim that Person Centred Therapy offers the Therapist all that she/he will need to treat Clients”
In this essay I will be evaluating “Person Centred Therapy” in relation to the claim that it can give everything that a Therapist needs in order for a successful outcome in treating a client.
I will look at the advantages and disadvantages of the therapy. I will include the main theoretical constructs and underlying philosophical influences. I will also discuss the way in which Carl Rogers explains and responds to psychological disorders and to what extent this approach is useful in treating these disorders.
Person Centred Therapy became associated with the human potential movement. This movement dating back to the beginning of the 1900s reflected an altered perspective of human nature. Previous psychological theories viewed humans as selfish and corrupt. Freud’s theory focused on sexual and aggressive tendencies as the primary forces driving human behaviour. By contrast the human potential movement defined human nature as inherently good. From its perspective human behaviour is motivated by a drive to achieve ones fullest potential.
Person Centred Therapy was mainly developed by Carl Rogers in the early 1940s. He was an American psychologist who was highly influenced by modern culture. He worked as a psychotherapist for most of his life.
His approach was based on the concepts of Humanistic psychology, in which Carl Rogers played a big part in its conception (1). He developed a humanistic style approach to psychology as he searched his own belief system of humanity, psychological ideology and beliefs in spirituality. He started to disagree with the psychoanalytical and medical approaches as he progressed with his work and gained further experience in working with people, due to his own humanistic views on life. He believed that generally people are good and have the ability to choose right from wrong. (1)...