Guest Blogpost by Ashley, psychology student – Leeds Trinity University.  Our Ashley’s a great help.

 

“Since beginning psychology at A-level, I have learnt about a wide variety of approaches and therapies that have been developed and adapted over the years. Possibly my most favourite, and perhaps the most revolutionary and influential of these, has to be the Person-Centred Approach.

A Change of Psychology:   I find this Approach interesting as it contrasted the pre-existing approaches of the time. Carl Rogers developed the idea in the 50’s, arguing that clients should be able to discover the ‘solution’ for themselves in counselling (Hall, 1997). I really like this notion as it provided an alternative to expert-led approaches of the time, like behaviourism. Instead, Rogers chose to create an approach that provides a more empathetic and equal way of talking to clients. In my opinion, this was a positive advance in psychology, impacting on various aspects of the world.

Person-Centred Approach

An example of this is in the nursing world. ‘The term Person-Centred care is used…to indicate a strong interest in the patient’s own experience of health, illness, injury or need’ (Price, 2006). It has had similar effect in Counselling too. Showing more interest in the clients, whether it be in counselling or nursing, will make the client feel more comfortable and in my opinion, more valued as an individual.

Surely the individual will benefit more from the personal development that will come through them finding their own answers to their problems, rather than being told something that lacks any personal relevance to their past or present life.

I think the divide between expert and client were broken down, evident by the use of the term ‘client’, rather than referring to individuals as ‘patients’. Rogers challenged the fundamental principles of behaviourism and psychoanalysis. It provided an alternative approach, one of which recognised and empathised with the client. This is why I find the Person-Centred Approach so influential. It has really benefited me in realising what stance on certain psychological debates I take.”

 

References:

Price, B. (2006) Exploring person-centred care, Nursing Standard, 20 (50), pp.49-56.

Hall, K. (1997). Carl Rogers. Retrieved January 21, 2014, from

http://www.muskingum.edu/~psych/psycweb/history/rogers.htm