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We are individuals We possess characteristics that are unique to usall Moreover we have the potential within ourselves to overcomeobstacles that come our way and become the best person that we canbecome Everyone has the ability for enlightenment of self These arethe resonating thoughts of the humanisticperson-centred approach totherapy This approach believes that each individual is responsiblefor their own destiny and is not just a product of heredity orenvironment Milne 2010 The humanistic or person-centred approachenables therapist to adapt to their clients for optimal personal growth This is a good approach for older clients as it fosters respect by thetherapist towards them it focuses on the here and now and presentsthe opportunity for growth in old age Concerns arise however on notaddressing the root issues possibly found in the early development andeffective communication of clients who are cognitively impairedThe person-centred model defined by Milne 2010 is a non-directiveapproach which focuses on the quality of therapy especially thetherapists attitude towards the client p 170 This approach wasfounded by Carl Rogers under the humanistic umbrella who modified themedical model to therapy In essence the therapy places focus on theclient as primary subject for personality change In order for this tooccur the six conditions of the Rogerian Core conditions modeltranspiring over time must be met Generally two people must be inpsychological contact one the client and the other the therapistthe therapist must exhibit unconditional positive regard experienceand communicate understanding in an empathic manner towards the clientMilne 2010 p 171 It is in the positive relationship between theclient and therapist ones that is built on trust and openness whichfosters change in the client Furthermore person-centred approachallows for the client to discover their true self not one conformed byparents or society through socialization but one that demonstratecongruence between inner world of feelings and sensations and outerexpression that is evident in emotions and behavior Milne 2010p175 Overall this approach assists the client
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