Personal Model of Helping
All theories have different views on ways of helping and different goals to imply. By using the person-centered approach ones view of human nature comes from one’s helping style. One would have to have a style that would make the client believe that he or she is safe and understood. By the client knowing that their therapist or counselor does understand him or her then he or she will believe that they are safe and accept the help offer by the therapist or counselor, and possibly set client(s) on a set of goals that both the client and therapist or counselor agree to in order to begin changing their present mindset. “Person-centered therapy holds an optimistic view of human personality and focuses on present rather than past experience. Focusing on the inner experience of persons rather than on observable behavior, it holds that behavioral change evolves from within the person rather than through the manipulation of the environment” (Parrott III, 2003). View on Helping
Developing a personal theory for the way one would want to understand human nature and provide him or her with the help they may need takes careful consideration. From what I have learned from this counseling and psychotherapy class is that sometimes helping a client may be a complex and overwhelming process. The helping professional knows the road to recovery is a long slow process, and one has to understand the methods one uses. My view on professional help is that it was created for a reason, and it is there only to offer the best guidance for individuals who need it. One has to understand all the therapeutic theories and which one will be the most effective for his or her client. If at any time a counselor is not familiar on how a therapeutic theory works, he or she should not use the theory or make sure that the theory is known at a later time. A key point a counselor should look for when it comes to humanistic therapy is the client holds the answer to his or her problems. A client is the agent for change in his or her life. Through the process of using person-centered therapy the client will learn what he or she needs to overcome what they are going through. When a therapist can accept the fact the client holds the answer the therapists help will be successful, but only as long as the client keeps on striving for success on reaching the goals planned out for them. The person-centered approach sees a person in a good and trustworthy way and gives him or her a chance to see the problem or issues in a positive manner and develop his or her capabilities to the fullest. Relationship between the Clinician and the Participant
The relationship between the clinician and client when using the person-centered approach should be therapeutic with the clinician acting as a mediator for the client’s process. The clinician should provide an environment that provides personal warmth, empathy, and acceptance for the client. A clinician should focus on the client’s strengths not on the clients weaknesses. When a client is aware that he or she can be successful it strengthens his or her self-esteem. When the client sees the therapist’s empathic understanding and unconditional efforts of helping, the behavior of the client can be seen in a positive manner (Bozarth). The main point of person-centered is that the client already has the answers to his or her problems and the job of the clinician would be to listen to the client without passing judgment, giving advice, the clinician job is to help the client establish and understand his or her own feelings (Rogers) Techniques or Approaches to Change
Person-Centered Counseling is the type of humanistic counseling that deals with the way an individual identifies themselves consciously instead of a counselor attempting to construe unconscious thoughts or ideas about him or her. Several techniques are used in person-centered...