Person Centred Theory/Values My Understanding.

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Person Centred Theory/Values my Understanding. Discuss this with reference to Person Centred theory and your own experience In this essay I am going to explore person centred approach style of counselling. This approach was developed in the USA in the 1940’s by Carl Rogers. Person centred counselling is the concept of Carl Rogers, an American psychologist born in 1902, who died at the age of 85 years old. Carl Rogers died in 1987 but his legacy lives on and is being carried on by other psychologists who shared his views and believe in his method of counselling. This approach of working is best described by Rogers in his own words: ‘it is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried’. (Rogers 1961). Rogers is saying that the client holds the knowledge to heal themselves, the counsellor needs to provide the client with core conditions in order for the client to be able to educate themselves. I am going to explore the core conditions that Carl Rogers uses in his theory of person centred counselling. There are three core conditions: congruence, empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard. These conditions are what Carl Rogers believed are the skills a counsellor needs in order to be able to support the client in their process of healing themselves. I am then going to use my own experiences to discuss why I feel that only using the person technique, for certain clients, may not be sufficient to make the progress they require on an emotional level. On the other hand I am going to discuss how learning the person centred approach has affected my personal and work life in a positive way. The first core condition is called congruence; it can also be described as realness or genuineness. ‘it has been found that personal change is facilitated when the psychotherapist is what he is,
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