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Evaluate the claim that Personal-Centred Therapy offers the therapist all he/she will need to treat Clients There are many theories that are offered by counsellors and one of those recognised theories was developed by the humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940’s. The theory is known as the person-centred therapy and it is considered one of many major therapeutic approaches. The theory’s concepts and methods have inspired many counsellors/therapists to use and adopt the approach. This essay will discuss the viability of using person-centred therapy as a select way when treating clients. However to have an understanding of its concepts the essay offers an introduction to Carl Rogers and explores the key concepts which form the principals upon which this theory is formed. The concepts are; self-actualisation, self-concept, conditions of worth and organismic self. This essay also discusses the advantages and the strengths of using the person centred approach when using it to counsel clients however the theory does not come without the criticisms from other theorists. This essay will then weigh up the pros and cons and the weaknesses of this model and form an opinion as to whether or not the person-centred approach can indeed be used as the sole therapy model to treat all clients at all times irrespective of their presenting issue. The person-centred approach is based on concepts from Humanistic psychology and the theories and philosophy of Dr Carl Rogers. Carl Rogers rebelled against the Behaviourist and psychodynamic psychology models. Personal-centred therapy is a permissive and a non-directive approach and was used with soldiers who returned from World war two (Rogers, 1951). . This approach believes in the others potential and ability to make the right choices. The theory focuses on the here and the now principle and encourages the individual

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