Personality Types in Psychotherapy

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The relevance of personality types in psychotherapy Our client’s personality types are of extreme importance in therapy. The therapist will continually assess and re-assess the clients personality type, this will enable the therapist to use various techniques which are most suited to the client. This will aide and enhance the clients experience as the therapist will be able to balance their needs. Everybody will show signs of all of the following personality types, however some are stronger than others, and can be distorted. Through therapy we can learn to balance this out and to develop the other qualities which are not so obvious. I will now describe and write about the 3 main personality models which would be used to assess a client I will then give examples of each from my own experience taken from my clients whilst others may be taken from my observations of friends and family. I will also explore how the models relate to each other and look at their differences. It’s important to remember that everybody is a unique individual and therefore there is no special formula to assess. The 3 models I will be exploring are: The Elements Clinical Personality Types Jungian Personality Types The Elements The elements model is a transpersonal map of qualities relating to the four elements Water, Air, Fire and Earth. The element models have been inspired by the ancient Greek philosophers, there have also been cross over’s with the imagery connected between Greece, Egypt, Persia and the Indian sub –continent. This spread to western Europe through Alchemy. The current element model form is unique to the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Educations transpersonal approach to understanding individual personalities. * Air – Relates to the mind they can be detached, they are good planners, researchers, they are comfortable in their own company . Air

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