Humanistic Approach Essay

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Applying the Humanistic Approach to Health and Social Care Practice: Max Feeney Person centred therapy: Person centred therapy was a theory on which was created by a gentleman called ‘Carl Rodgers’ from around the 1940’s through to the 1960’s. At the time in which this was created, it was considered to be extremely radical and revolutionary. Unlike other therapies the client is responsible for improving his or her life, not the therapist. This is a deliberate change from both psychoanalysis and behavioral therapies where the patient is diagnosed and treated by a doctor. Instead, the client consciously and rationally decides for themselves what is wrong and what should be done about it. The therapist is more of a friend or counselor who listens and encourages on an equal level. One reason why Rogers (1951) rejected interpretation was that he believed that, although symptoms did arise from past experience, it was more useful for the client to focus on the present and future than on the past. Rather than just liberating clients from there past, as psychodynamic therapists aim to do, Rogerians hope to help their clients to achieve personal growth and eventually to self-actualize. This therapy allows the client to let go of their unrealistic expectations of their ideal self, and over time accept their real self. Carl Rodgers: Carl Rodgers was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, by his parents; Walter Rogers and Julia Cushing. Rogers was educated in a strict, religious environment and his first interest being the study of agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the focus on history and religion. He received a bachelor's degree in 1924, and After that, he entered a liberal Protestant seminary in New York City. This of course, went against the

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