Person Centered Therapy Comparison Essay by KatiaK

Person Centered Therapy
A brief comparison of the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers and the Gestalt approach to psychotherapy.
# 111124 | 1,298 words | 3 sources | APA | 2006 | CA
Published on Jan 12, 2009 in Psychology (Rogers) , Psychology (Therapies)

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This paper discusses two common and popular forms of psychotherapy in practice today - the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers and the Gestalt approach. The paper describes the background and development of each approach and looks at how they are applied in a therapy setting. The paper also briefly compares the two approaches.

From the Paper:

"Gestalt therapists are much more active participants in the therapy relationship than are Rogerian therapists. The Gestalt method is much more therapist directed, using specific exercises to achieve specific goals (Greenberg et al., 1994). While the relationship is still one of equality between the therapist and the client, the therapist plays much more of a guiding role. Rogerian therapy can be quite frustrating for an individual who is highly intelligent and genuinely concerned about their own personal issues. The lack of concrete direction and even the lack of true judgement can lead to frustration that they are not truly receiving any help. However, for individuals who simply need to have their self-worth and self-esteem bolstered, the Rogerian approach can be quite effective. Gestalt therapy is more effective for individuals requiring a more structured analysis of their emotions, thoughts and behaviours as Gestalt therapists play an active role in pointing out distortions and disowned emotions present in the client. Overall, Gestalt Therapy probably offers a greater chance of success for most individuals due to the higher levels of structure and guidance (Greenberg et al., 1994). Additionally, a Gestalt therapist may be more inclined to actually point out deficiencies within the client or true causes of concern with respect to the client's behaviour, thought patterns or emotional functioning. This higher level of involvement may lead to faster problem solving."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Greenberg, L.S., Elliott, R.K., & Lietaer, G. (1994). Research on experiential psychotherapies. In A.E. Bergin & S.L. Garfield (Eds.), Handbook of psychotherapy and behaviour change (pp. 509-539). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Rogers, C.R. (1942). Counselling and psychotherapy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Rogers, C.R. (1951). Client-centered therapy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

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