Person Centred Values Will Change My World

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‘Living with Person Centred values will change my world’ ‘People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.’ Rogers (Unknown) To learn and understand the theory behind the Person Centred approach the Counsellor needs to be able to fully absorb and practice Person Centred Values. How can we begin to understand and help others if we don’t understand ourselves? I have, over the course of 4 months, explored deep within myself whilst trying to learn and apply this knowledge. I plan to evidence in this essay that I have fully understood what the Person Centred Values are by; explaining this approach and how it can be beneficial to clients, using examples of my experience and how it has enlightened me and the way I behave. I used to think going to therapy meant lying on a couch for an hour, rambling for forty minutes then spending the remaining twenty minutes being told what to do. If I had to press deeper into my thoughts I immediately picture the therapist to be a man in a suit, behind a large carved walnut desk and scribbling away with ‘oh my god’ expression on his face. I now realise this image I have learnt from books, the terminology I have also collected over the years, again also probably stems from books. Fast forward a few years and I started to hear a few new things, counselling was the new term used, ‘hippy money suckers’ was how I remember an ex describing counsellors. A repeated whine of ‘but they don’t tell you what to do’ was commonly heard. I remember it being referred to as a hobby for the rich and self indulgent. I was someone who dismissed it, I didn’t understand it, I believed the negative hype, until the day I had to pack my sister’s flat up after she had attempted

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