Comparing Cct and Rebt a Case Study

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CRITICAL EVALUATION OF A MAJOR THERAPUETIC ORIENTATION

Case study: George

George is a 40-year-old senior executive in a large company, a position he has only recently taken up. He was referred to counselling by his general practitioner to explore his mood swings. He has been married for nearly 5 years to a ‘warm and wonderful person’. There were no children yet, and the couple was wondering about the right time for having children. This has been an area of disagreement between George and his wife and has led to a number of heated arguments between the two of them.

George described himself as fairly conservative and not a risk taker, and said that sometimes he couldn’t believe he had accepted a job in such a large company. On questioning, George said that he sometimes felt OK and reasonably good about himself, but that these good feelings frequently gave way to incredible doubts and feelings of hopelessness, that he often felt ‘not good enough’ and ‘not worthy’. He had experienced these feelings before, but he felt they were more intense and more frequent since moving to his current position. He commented, “I’m not the person I thought I would turn out to be” and “I’m disappointed in myself”.

He reports being able to keep it together at work and that his work is not suffering at this stage. He has become more restless and irritable with people, especially in social situations that he describes as excruciating and pointless. 1. Comparison of two different theoretical approaches 2. Critical appraisal of therapeutic approaches in their application to the case study George 3. Personal preference of theory and rationale 4. Use of appropriate literature to support application and evaluation of therapeutic approaches.

Contents

Introduction ............................................................................................................. 3

Theoretical approaches ........................................................................................... 3 Client-Centred Therapy (CCT) .............................................................................. 3 Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) ....................................................... 4 CCT and REBT ....................................................................................................... 5

Critical appraisal of CCT and its application the case study ................................ 6 Application of CCT to the case study..................................................................... 7

Critical appraisal of REBT and its application to the case study ........................ 10 Application of REBT to the case study ................................................................ 11

Personal preference of theoretical approach ........................................................ 12

REFERENCES ...................................................................................................... 14

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Introduction
This paper provides critical evaluation of a major therapeutic orientation and uses the case study of George as a background to:   

Compare two different theoretical approaches to this case study; Provide critical appraisal of therapeutic approaches in their application to the case study, and; Conclude personal preference of theoretical approach for this case study.

The next section discusses and compares Client-Centred Therapy (CCT) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) as two theoretical approaches to the case study of George.

Theoretical approaches
Client-Centred Therapy (CCT) Client- Centred Therapy (CCT) was founded by Carl Rogers and originally developed in the 1940’s as a reaction against psychoanalytical therapy. CCT is grounded on a positive view of human nature and humanity and it is based on the premise that the client has an inherent capacity to move away from maladjustment toward psychological health (Corsini & Wedding 2008). It is an approach to...
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