Person-Centered Therapy Essay

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Person-Centered Theory Liberty University Online PSYC 371-B05 Abstract I will be discussing the Person-Centered Theory first introduced by Carl Rogers in 1941 as “non-directive counseling” (Corey, 2013). A brief history of the life of Carl Rogers and his accomplishments will be given and how the theory started and how it has developed over the years. Person-Centered Therapy is used and applied to treat a vast amount of problems. It may be used in one on one counseling sessions, schools, group, family, work and social institutions. I will highlight some of the most significant problem areas that this therapy is used for plus discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this theory. Today this approach is used extensively and integrated in various theories of counseling throughout the counseling profession. Person-Centered Theory Carl Ransom Rogers is known as a pioneer in the field of psychotherapy. His mindfulness of recognizing the importance of the power that is within the client was and still is the essence of the person centered approach to therapy. He insisted that the therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is essential for a positive outcome in therapy (Corey, 2013, p. 174). In this paper I will provide the history of the person-centered theory, the major areas of treatment in which it is used for and the strengths and weaknesses of this theory. History of Theory Carl Rogers began his journey into the field of psychotherapy in 1962 as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University. Rogers’s first professional job was that of a child psychologist at the Child Study Department at Rochester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in New York (Casemore & Tudway, 2012). While his tenure there he met Jesse Taft and Fredrick Allen who were also associated with Otto Rank and his approach to therapy. This is where Carl Rogers
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