“Evaluate The Claim That Person-Centred Therapy Of

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“Evaluate the claim that Person-Centred Therapy offers the therapist all that he/she will need to treat clients” Carl Rogers developed the person centred therapy in the 1950’s after years of working as a psychotherapist. He wanted his clients to feel that they are being taken seriously, that someone cares about them and to talk freely about their feelings. His principal aim was not to diagnose the client but to show unconditional positive regard . That means that the client would feel appreciated by the therapist without being judged. I believe that Person-Centred Therapy offers the therapist many great tools to treat the client successfully, but at the same time am convinced that this approach on its own will not suit all clients but will work extremely well in combination with other types of therapy. Rogers identified core conditions for changes in clients to happen, the first of these being that there needs to be a relationship between the client and therapist in which the client shows certain vulnerabilities or incongruence. The therapist on the other hand will show complete genuineness and will not hide behind the role of a professional. He should be real and able to express his feelings genuinely and act on their life’s experiences with relevant self disclosures. The therapist should hide nothing and the client should be able to see through her. Clients often have a distorted view of themselves, they often act out wishes of others and because they were used to doing it all their lives they find it a challenge to find their real self and are undecided as to how to proceed in life, what they want or how to follow their dreams. Because the therapist accepts the client unconditionally, does not judge him, approve or disapprove, the client is able to explore more of his real self, become more real. If the client is being understood by the therapist then she
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