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THE PERSON CENTRED APPROACH AS IT IS 'FOR ME' This is my essay on the person centred approach, to counselling. In this essay I will demonstrate my understanding of the philosophy and theory of the approach, including Carl Rogers' personality theory in relation to myself and my life. I will also be talking about the nature of the learning process, as I am experiencing it, in terms of individual learning and working as part of the group and how this has impacted on me, and some of what I have experienced in my own personal counselling will also be included. The person centred approach has an optimistic view of human nature "...is essentially constructive and not destructive." ( Mearns and Thorne 1999 pp17) and Rogers believed that people were basically good. Also it has an emphasis on every human being as person that is unique and individual, and as an individual all the things that I see and hear and all the experiences and events of my life are perceived and internalised according to my frames of reference, which are completely unique to me. For me doing the counselling course and being in counselling is my way of helping myself to change and grow for the better, even though I feel that it was not a conscious decision, I believe that I was drawn to it on a subconscious level and this is for me, is proof of the actualising tendency in process. The actualising tendency is believed "... ...read more.


Self actualisation can occur when the conditions of worth are no longer present and if the core conditions are in place then it is believed that there will be no more conditions of worth. The conditions of worth are a part of Rogers's personality theory; this is the process by which I have developed my self concept. Rogers believed that the personality started to develop from the moment of birth, but I wonder if it might start sooner, as perhaps the pregnant mother's experiences, genetics and the experience of the unborn child might also have an effect on the personality. As soon as I was born I had potential- actualising tendency was present, but at that point I had no experiences or history, I was the organismic self, I see it as being like a blank tape. At about roughly three months of age, although this varies in each individual, I would have started to realise I was separate to my mum, an individual in my own right, my self concept started to develop, and I would have probably realised things such as if I cry I will be fed. This is when the realisation of having a world unique to 'me' would have emerged. Gradually when the urge to grow is added to my potential, I can get the toy if I move from here to there, I would have entered into the process of self actualisation, which is discovering what is going on inside, recognising and knowing that something can be done if I choose to do it. ...read more.


Also the fact she always greets me with a smile and comes to the front door makes me feel welcome and respected. If I experienced the counsellor as being cold or I felt uncomfortable in her room then I don't think that I would be able to be myself as it would be distracting and I wouldn't be able to build a relationship with someone if their was no warmth. My experience, thus far, of the person centred approach has been very empowering and positive. I think that this is the first time in my life that I have been so self aware and have appreciated being 'me'; I have taken the risk of being open and looking at feelings and experiences that I never thought I could deal with, I am building a whole new relationship with myself and I feel that I am in this process all the time. I know that I am growing and developing and I find that I have self acceptance. I am so in touch with what I am feeling and thinking constantly and other people are noticing the change in me as well. I am learning to love myself, unconditionally. REFERENCE LIST; Kirchenbaum H and V.L. Henderson ( 1990) The Carl Rogers Reader Mearns D and Thorne B ( 1999 ) Person- centred Counselling in Action Merry T ( 2002 ) Learning and Being in Person- centred Counselling Rogers C.R. ( 2004 ) On Becoming a Person Handout week 5 ( 2005 ) Foundation degree in counselling . ami dave Page 1 13/04/2008 ...read more.

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