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Reply to at least two of your classmates. In your reply posts, you should compare and contrast your own viewpoints with your peer’s post.
Your response should include evidence-based research to support your statements, using proper citations and APA format.
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Re: Week 4 Discussion 1: Rogers, Person-Centered Therapy
by Pedro Rosas Santiago
Discussion: Carl Roger’s Patient-centered approach
Carl Roger’s approach focused on three main conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard for the patient, and congruence. The patient-centered approach involves the therapist being authentic, caring unconditionally and genuinely about the patient, and understanding the patient genuinely. Carl Rogers viewed these conditions as necessary in every therapeutic relationship for any change to occur within the client. He hypothesized that in implementing the conditions, a positive therapeutic relationship would envelop and the change would consequently begin (Woodward, 2020). I believe that we view the world differently, and trying to understand the feelings and thoughts of the clients may be challenging. Therefore, the conditions for the patient-centered approach may not work in all situations. Different people have different perspectives of the world, and I believe therapists are human too. The condition of genuinely caring for the patient is crucial for fostering a relationship with the therapist. By the therapist being genuine with the client, they can help wade off the negative attitudes gained from others and help in boosting self-esteem issues (Shefer et al., 2018). I, therefore, believe that congruence is an important condition as it helps foster trust and confidence in the therapist-patient relationship. In understanding the patient genuinely, the client can share their challenges without the counselor judging them.
While I believe that the core conditions are useful in therapeutic relationships, I doubt if therapists can follow all the conditions in all situations. It might be challenging for a therapist to be empathetic in all situations. For instance, if the client is sharing about an issue that has affected the therapist, it might be challenging to follow the conditions. An example is a client talking about substance abuse; the parental instincts of the therapists may be evoked. The patient-centered approach may effectively deal with self-esteem issues, stress management and depression, personality disorders, and relationship problems. This is because such conditions require empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard for the client.
Shefer, N., Carmeli, A., & Cohen‐Meitar, R. (2018). Bringing Carl Rogers back in: Exploring the power of positive regard at work. British Journal of Management, 29(1), 63-81. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12247
Woodward, L. (2020). Carl Rogers. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences: Models and Theories, 95-99. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119547143.ch17