Psychological Therapies Comparison Essay by KatiaK

Psychological Therapies
Discuses the writer's preference for existential and Gestalt therapies over person-centered therapy.
# 110988 | 2,140 words | 8 sources | APA | 2007 | CA
Published on Jan 04, 2009 in Psychology (Rogers) , Psychology (Therapies)

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This paper explains that, although the client's best interest is always the most important decision when choosing what kind of the many types therapeutic approaches to use with any single individual, it is still important for the therapist to have an understanding of his or her own personal choices and preferences. The author describes and compares existential therapy, the client-centered or person-centered approach developed by Carl Rogers and Gestalt therapy, which are forms of phenomenological or experiential (P/E) therapy.The paper concludes that the active involvement and holistic viewpoint of Gestalt therapy, mixed with an emphasis on philosophical thought, self-reflection, honesty and emotion in the broader existential therapies, to be an accurate reflection of the author's own personality and views of how individuals function.

From the Paper:

"Rogers considered his therapy a method of allowing for personal growth, and the unconditional positive regard and empathetic understanding were responsible for the provision of an atmosphere conducive to such growth. As an adult during the middle stages of my life, although I do still see the potential for personal growth, such issues are not paramount to my life. I prefer to view my life as a whole, and to see what I have accomplished as being an integral part of my personality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bugental, J.F.T. (1978). Psychotherapy and process: The fundamentals of an existential-humanistic approach. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Corey, G. (2001). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 6th Ed. United States: Brooks/Cole: Thomson Learning.
  • Cooper,M. (2003) Existential Therapies, London: Sage.
  • Deurzen, E.V. (1990). Existential Therapy: Chapter 8. In Dryden W. (ed.) Individual Therapy: A Handbook. London: Sage.
  • 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.

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