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Running head: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION1U4 A1 Theoretical Framework and Application: Person-Centered- TherapyMelisa MetcalfeCOUN5239 Theories of Psychotherapy8/2/18Dr. Melina Heher
Running head: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION2Unit 4: Theoretical Framework and Application- Person Centered TherapyThe person-centered therapy was brought to light from Carl Rogers. This was originally called “client- centered therapy” but later changed to person centered therapy. According to Corey, (2017) The belief in the client’s capacity for self-healing is in contrast with many other theories that have a view of therapist’s techniques as the most powerful agent that can lead to change but with person centered therapy, Rogers proposed a theory that uses the client as the primary agent for constructive self-change. (Corey, 2017, p. 165). This paper will explore the concepts of person centered therapy and, the evolution, working with diverse population and willbe applied to a fictional client by the name of Rona.The person who developed this therapy, as stated previously, is Carl Rogers now deceased but this theory has made a substantial impact in counseling. Many theories focused on the theory that a person’s upbringing and past can shape and mold a person to who they are todayand are reasons of how this person manages stress and so forth. Carl Rogers came from a strict religious family that has many rules and even play was discouraged (Corey, 2017). Rogers theoryis that a counselor can help a client realize and work through their problems by help guiding them to a self-help instead of influences from an outside person using techniques. Carl Rogers even applied person-centered therapy to world peace by training policy makes, leaders, and groups in conflict (Corey, 2017, p. 164). This theory helps guide a client by having an almost companionship with the client to help them realize their own strengths through talking to them and instead of asking questions the counselor can simply show empathy and help the client understand what they are going through. This theory also helps the client go through actualizing tendency, which is a universal human motivation resulting in growth, development and uses autonomy of the person. (Joseph & Murphy, 2012)
Running head: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATION3This theory resonates with me personally because this theory does not tell someone what to do but help them realize their own emotions. Empathy is a big factor for counseling and life ingeneral because many professionals do not realize how vital this tool is. I have personally experience with therapy and if a therapist does not show empathy it is very hard to let another person in. To me helping a client use their own skills and have their own epiphany can greatly help a client because it can be used in the future for the client without needing therapy. Simply being given tools or techniques may not help a person but understanding how a simple conversation and receiving a companionship can help relax a client. Instead of being intimidated