You've got to hold out your hand, even when that's the last thing I seem to want.
Only you can wipe away from my eyes the blank stare of the breathing dead.
Only you can call me into aliveness. Each time you're kind, and gentle, and encouraging, each time you try to understand because you really care, my heart begins to grow wings, very small wings, very feeble wings, but wings!
Extract from Poem
Please Hear What I am not Saying.
Charles C. Finn
This Critique of Person Centred Counselling offers an insight into The Person Centred Approach developed by Carl Rogers. I will firstly introduce Rogers and his influences. An exploration of Person Centred Counselling will follow examining Philosophical Principals, Key Concepts and the Core Conditions that must be present in the therapeutic relationship. Subsequently, Rogers Seven Stages of Psychological development during the process of therapy will be outlined. Brian Thorne’s Spiritual Dimensions, Eugene Gendlin’s process of Focusing and Fritz Perls’ Gestalt Therapy will also be cited. The strengths and limitations of Rogers’ approach will be evaluated with an overall personal assessment concluding the essay.
Carl Ransom Rogers
Born: January 8th 1902 Illinois, Chicago.
Parents: Walter A. Rogers, Engineer.
Julia M. Cushing, housewife and devoted Christian.
Carl was the fourth of their six children. Educated in a religious vicarage, his upbringing was intensely severe and restricted. Rogers had an emotionally starved relationship with his mother, becoming isolated, independent and disciplined.
Rogers studied Agriculture, History then Religion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1922, Rogers changed career and enrolled at Columbia University, obtaining an M.A. in 1928 and a Ph.D. in Psychotherapy in 1931.
Rogers worked with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and became Director in 1930. His writings include;... [continues]
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