Person Centred Therapy Theory

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Words 2251 “Evaluate the claim that Person-Centred Therapy offers the therapist all that he/she will need to treat clients.” Before evaluating the question we need to look at what are the theories behind person centred therapy. Carl Rogers was born on 8th January 1902 and is the founder of the person centred therapy approach. As an organismic theory he believed that all people were good and that given the right environment they were able to recognise their own worth and grow to their full potential and be able to acquire the skills necessary to solve their own problems. The therapy is client led rather than therapist led and focuses on the here and now and not issues of childhood origin. It is free of any expectations. Given the right environment with the three core conditions it is believed the client is then able to become aware of their own feelings and to find their own sense of direction and solution without advice or direction from the therapist. The therapists role is to provide the core conditions required and to reflect back to the client what they are expressing and to “be in the moment” with that client, understanding them and allowing them to come to their own solution through hearing their own thoughts and words expressed back and feeling understood. The core conditions for person centred therapy are 1. Empathy - the therapist being able to feel or attempt to feel what the client is expressing without becoming lost in themselves. To understand the clients feelings in the here and now. To understand the clients thoughts and feelings and meanings from the clients own perspective. To see the clients world from their point of view. 2. Congruence/genuineness - The therapist is authentic and genuine and honest. With no air of authority and no hidden side. With body language matching verbal language so the client is not having to

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