Theory Growing up, I have always been the type of person that wouldgo by the beat of my own drum and would never listen to the people around me. Iwould bump my head, making many mistakes in my life, but I would always learnfrom the errors of life… the hard way. I would put myself in difficultsituations, but I would always find a way out, on my own. But from these paststruggles, I have been able to grow, prosper, and become a better person,living through my own experiences.
By being the one in control of my life, ithas made me a strong and independent woman, making it one of my best traits. Forthese reasons, I chose and would pursue the Person-Centered approach when Ibecome a therapist in the future. Selected Goalsof Therapy The goal of this method is for the therapist to help and “assist clients in achieving agreater degree of independence and integration so they can better cope withproblems as they identify them.” (Corey, 2017) I strongly agree with thePerson-Centered Approach; by letting the client figure out their own strugglesor difficulties, they will be able to develop and can be able to decide ofthemselves the path the client would want to take.
We are not perfect; everyonemakes mistakes, but we learn from faults and come out stronger than before. Othergoals in this method is to increase the client’s self-esteem, improve theirunderstanding of him or herself, and remove any feelings of pain or discomfort. Whenthe problem the client is facing is presented, the therapist must not providethe solution, rather than let them point out their issues and problems theyhave within and work out a way to thrive. When clients start the therapeuticprocess, they realize that they have lost touch with themselves and that thereare more authentic ways to live a healthy life. The therapist must create asafe space for clients to open up and feel confident enough to set their owngoals. As the client progress with their sessions and see positive results,they will start to notice a confident change where they will live a happierlife, being able to understand and come up with solutions on their own,enhancing their self-esteem. By setting these goals and Therapiststhat practice the Person-Centered Approach help the client come up with plansrather than give them the answers to their problems.
“Thecornerstone of person-centered theory is the view that clients in arelationship with a facilitating therapist have the capacity to define andclarify their own goals.” (Curtis, 2010)Role & Function ofTherapist “The role ofperson-centered therapists is rooted in their ways of being and attitudes, notin techniques designed to get the client to “do something”.” (Curtis, 2010) Thetherapist must provide an open, non-judgmental, and comfortable space for theclient to be able to feel at ease, to see positive results and growth in thetherapy sessions. The therapist must be present and honest with oneself duringthe sessions. The major characteristics the therapist must have to provide optimisticoutcomes are being empathic, accepting, and congruent,.
The therapist must beable to put him or herself in their client’s position and try to see thesituation in a different point of view. Clients go to therapy session to beable to open up and put down their walls creating a state of vulnerability,making the therapist to have an open heart and mind to any situation at hand. “Clientsbecome less defensive and more open to possibilities within themselves and inthe world.” (Curtis, 2010)Techniquesto be Used Theattitude directed towards the client and the therapeutic process has an affecton the personality and motivation the client has. Bringing a positive approachtoward the therapy will allow growth and advancements to the client. Havingthis in mind, creating a close and personal relationship that is essential forthe therapist and client, this way change will be noticed. Showingvulnerability and realness as a therapist, the client will build trust and wouldstart to open up and reciprocate the behavior. Accordingto the Person-centered theory, the therapist’s need to show acceptance,empathy, and congruence are essential for change in the client.
Instead ofseeing the client and giving them the way of their problems, I would put myselfin their shoes and enter their world to have a better understanding on the taskat hand. By showing support, kindness, and understanding, the client will beable to let down their wall and dig out issues making the therapeutic processsuccessful. Expectations of Client Clients go to therapy when they feelthat there is something “off” in their life that they need a professional tohelp them feel themselves again. “One reason clientsseek therapy is a feeling of basic helplessness, powerlessness, and aninability to make decisions or effectively direct their own lives.
” (Curtis,2010) As the therapeutic sessions move onward, the clients start to discoverfeatures and characteristics about themselves that was hidden within. When theclient starts feeling good about them, seeing positive results with theirattitude and behavior, they start to feel less defensive and are open to theirexperiences. As they are in a healthier state, they start to show a moreunderstanding and are able to accept and perceive others. The clients will thenbehave in way that is true to them. They will take charge and initiative intheir life, looking out for themselves and making their own right decisions.
With this theory, it will allow them to grow and prosper as a personemotionally, psychologically, and physically.