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

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Introduction Person Centred Therapy, as it suggests, puts the client at the centre or core of the treatment and allows the client an opportunity to find their own true positive potential in a safe and positively encouraging environment; and thus heal themselves. This paper will review more thoroughly what person-centred therapy is and explores it’s component parts. The relevant advantages and disadvantages of the theory are then considered along with a review of the effectiveness of utilising the person centred approach in treating different disorders. In conclusion, a view is determined on whether Person-Centred Therapy does indeed offer a therapist all that he/she will need to treat clients. Main Essay What is Person Centred Therapy? Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, is widely accredited with the development of the person-centred approach in the 1940’s and 1950’s. He is renowned for putting the individual at the heart of the process of healing and change by using their own experience and self-healing potential. Roger’s founding belief is that everyone has the ability to heal themselves. Person centred therapy has many devoted followers along with many critics. In general the behaviourists are the critics. They believe at an elementary level that human personality is inborn, whereas Rogers and person centred therapy works on the premise that human personality is learned. It follows then that the person centred therapy approach considers that individuals generate their own behaviour internally and thus have the internal resources to amend and improve this behaviour. Whereas the key critics, think that a person’s behaviour is a set of responses to external stimuli and is best understood by looking at each aspect as a separate element, rather than holistically as a whole person therapy. The two approaches are diametrically opposed
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