Evaluate the Claim That Person-Centred Therapy Offers the Therapist All That He/She Will Need to Treat Clients Essay

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Lisa Striebig. (Welwy 25 12) Assignment Module One “The ethics of psychotherapy demand the client is offered a highly optimised level of therapy” (Sachse (nd)), as recognised in the Chrysalis T.I.M.E model which advocates therapy should be appropriately matched to the issue that has caused the client to enter therapy at a given time. In evaluating whether Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) offers the therapist all they will need to treat clients, I will examine PCT in terms of its constructs, applications, and whether it adheres to T.I.M.E and fulfils the ethics of psychotherapy. It’s important to have knowledge of philosophical influences of the era in which PCT developed, because it was born from an age of great debate regarding therapy and psychology and created a period of evolution within psychotherapy. It will also be necessary to examine critiques of PCT. Philosophical influences of Humanism and PCT. In the 1950’s, when the science of psychology was in its infancy (the science of psychology is less than 100 years old!) and becoming recognised and developed as a separate science, from psychiatry, Carl Rogers, and to a lesser extent, Abraham Maslow, and others began to develop a ‘humanist/ic’ approach to psychology and psychotherapy. ‘Humanism’ is an approach within psychology emphasizing holistic study and the uniqueness of each individual.’(McLeod S (2007, updated 2012)). Central to humanism is the assumption; human nature is inherently good, pro-social and honest. It’s concerned with the conscious (subjective) mind and assumes all individuals have an innate drive to achieve their maximum potential and an ability to overcome hardship and despair, to strive to become ‘actualized’; according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a revolutionary concept that relies on the premise that man’s behaviour arises from continuously
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