Evaluate The Claim That Person-Centred Therapy

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EVALUATE THE CLAIM THAT PERSON-CENTERED THERAPY OFFERS THE THERAPIST ALL THAT HE/SHE WILL NEED TO TREAT CLIENTS I, Introduction of the Person-Centered Therapy, the characteristics of Carl Rogers' counselling method II, The practice of that and some results III, Its critics IV, My opinion about whether this method offers the therapist all that is needed to treat clients I, What 'Person-Centered Therapy' means Person-Centered Therapy is a humanistic approach of counselling with the concept that clients are the ultimate agents of self-change of their lives. This theory emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship as one built on unconditional positive regard and accurate empathy, focused on uniquely human issues -with a special regard to the present, 'the Here and Now'-, such as the self, self-actualisation, hope, love, meaning, becoming- that is, a concrete understanding of human existence. This psychological method differed from those generally used that time such as behaviorism -Pavlov's conditioned reflex- and psychoanalysis- Freud's psychoanalysis. The 'father' of the Person-Centered Therapy was Carl Rogers (and other psychologists i. e. Abraham Maslow) in America in the middle of the 20th century. He professed that clients (all individual) has the internal resources they need for growth, and they are their own best authority on their own experience , therefore fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth. Therefore the focus is always on the client's own feelings and thoughts, not on those of the therapist, and certainly not on diagnosis or categorization. He pinpointed that achieving that individuals/clients need acceptance and positive regard, and introduced the term 'client' rather than 'patient'. That expresses his rejection of the traditionally hierarchical relationship between therapist and client and his view
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