My personal view of helping someone is based upon my own past experiences for both myself and my observation of others. Person-centered therapy may not work as well with people who find it complicated to discuss issues about themselves or have a mental illness that misrepresents their perceptions of reality. However, I believe that Person Centered Counseling is an approach which emphasizes the clients responsibility to take control of their own experience.
In this approach the client is iven the tools and encouragement to make their own decisions and realize their own potential for growth. Person Centered Theories were developed by Carl Rogers. Throughout his years of experience working with clients it was Rogers goal to assist people feel influential and be in command of of their own lives. After my exposure to this approach, it instantly made an impression on me to the degree that I fully believe and feel confident that this will be the main theory I would prefer to use with my clients.
My feelings are based upon the fact that this pproach enables the person to become aware of their own abilities and empowers them to take control of their life. Whereas many other approaches are guided by therapist, this approach is mainly guided by the client themselves. This approach, however, necessitates positive conditions in order for the client to thrive. This approach may not work for everyone and each individual must be evaluated and observed. When people are effected by lack of positive regard, they may focus on their insecurities and incorporate negative self concepts of themselves in their thinking process.
For an example, when an individual is deprived of recognition and positive regard from others, the individual may begin to lose touch with what their own experience means for them and may revert back into old tendencies. It is believed that children in negative environments typically internalize negativity and they are more apt to devalue, shut down, and reflect their perceptions of being unworthy. Inner conflicts and incongruities are results of this behavior. According to Rogers, messages of conditional worth limit their behaviors so that they are unable to espond to others with security and honesty with their true emotions.
These children are most likely going to grow up to be adults who are inhibited and insecure, or angry and defensive. My own personal experiences growing up have allowed me insight and awarness in this area. I grew up in a home where my feeling were never acknowledged and I later became an adult who desired to please others but I always fell short to achieving full acceptance of others. In retrospect, children who receive unconditional positive regard are more likely to become adults who are emotionally stable and
Person Centered Therapy enables the client to fully recognize their own weaknesses rather than have someone point them out. This approach strengthens the clients perceptions of self identity and realization and gives the client control. I personally appreciate this approach as it has encouraged me to take control of my life in the past. One thing to keep in mind is that every individual has their own unique circumstance, which require very specific needs and approaches. I cannot say that this would be the only approach I would use, however, I can say this is an approach I strongly believe would benefit my clients.