Counselling Theory and Practice:-
HUMANISTIC APPROACHES TO HELPING
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© 2010 - Peter Creagh, Trainer, Supervisor and BACP Registered Counsellor UKRC
* That as long as ‘ injured’ ( my italics) individuals rely on others perception of theirself worth, then they will fail to reach their true potential and thus fail to become,( in Rogers’ words) ‘ fully functioning human beings’.Person- Centred counsellors deal with the present - the here and now. They also stressthe centrality of the therapeutic relationship and the paramount importance of it beingone of mutuality and equality.
SOME FURTHER IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THEORY
Human Personality Rogers felt that personality was comprised of the core self and theself concept. It is an important basic concept of his approach
The root of the self-actualising concept - the basic drive towards wholeness.‘
To thine own self be true ‘
Acquired or learned through our experiences , and particularly ourexperiences and responses to others who both judge and criticise us orgive us qualified or conditional approval or love. In effect we attach ‘ good’and ‘ bad’ labels to these experiences. This is our personal perception ofourselves.Good experiences are congruent with our core self. Bad experiences are incongruent, wetake them into ourselves ( introjections ) and they may or can affect us throughout ourlife.
Rogers felt that the need for positive regard from others is learned anddeveloped in early childhood. Positive experiences assist us in valuingourselves. Equally negative experiences of worth affect our self - concept.These experiences are a form of internalised conditions of worth, thattogether with our inherent core valuing form the two valuing processes weuse.
A further more in-depth presentation and Handout will take place concerningthe concepts above.