My Journey as a Psychotherapist Essay examples

4428 Words May 16th, 2012 18 Pages
Masters Degree in Psychotherapy
My Journey as a Psychotherapist

QUESTION
“Describe your journey in becoming a counsellor. Include an examination of your own personal qualities and skills that you bring to the counselling process”
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‘Personal growth and creativity are synonymous in the life of a therapist. The very process of therapy involves the elucidation and creation of different patterns of meaning’ (Hobson 1985)
Examining my personal journey towards becoming a counsellor is part of understanding my personal contribution to the therapeutic process. Through understanding my own journey I have selected theories that inform my own personal approach to counselling. In my experience this is one of the foundation
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Within this eclectic approach to counselling I have developed my own form of modelling, interaction with others and creation of an environment that most promotes growth and healing. These theories inform my view of people, in particular they provide an understanding of behaviour and thinking.
Client Centered Therapy or what later became known as Person Centered Therapy, first developed by Carl Rogers in (1951) makes the assumption that individuals have the natural or innate power to heal themselves and achieve their own personal growth. The Person Centered approach to therapy creates a client therapist relationship geared towards encouraging these intrinsic healing abilities. ‘In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?’ Rogers (1951). This quote by Rogers captures my own perceptions when developing an understanding about how the process of therapy actually facilitates growth for the individual. This view that each individual has within himself/herself the ability to grow and heal comes from my own experience of therapy. As I have experienced counselling I have been provided with an environment in

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