Client Centred Therapy Reflection Paper

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The first video I viewed was Carl Rogers and Client Centered Therapy. In Client Centered Therapy, according to Rogers, the therapist needs to be genuine and congruent while displaying a nothing hidden attitude (1965). Prior to his session with Gloria, he said, “realness in me equals realness in her” (1965). It is important in Client Centered Therapy for the therapist to display attending skills by actively listening to what the client is saying; thus allowing them to explore deep within themselves. I did notice during the video that Rogers sat leaning forward, a style used in active listening. In addition, Rogers nodded quite often as if trying to give Gloria the reassurance she wanted even though he never actually said that to her. I did …show more content…
Perls said, “Gestalt Therapy is an equation in which awareness equals present time equals reality” (1965). This theory is based on the client learning to understand themselves and to be able to stand on their own two feet. The first thing I notice when watching this video is how much Perls paid attention to Gloria’s body language. Gloria felt intimidated by Perls and stated she was scared. Perls immediately mentioned that Gloria was smiling. In his mind, smiling and being scared do not go together. It was apparent to me Gloria was less comfortable with Perl than the other two therapists. Gloria also smoked more cigarettes during her session with Perl, which I believe showed her nervousness with Perls. When Gloria mentioned feeling backed into a corner, Perl went on to ask her to describe the corner (1965). I think this confused and momentarily lost Gloria. Perls mentioned at one point in the video when he was describing Gestalt Theory, how it was important not to get involved in verbal game playing. I believe that is what he was trying to get across to Gloria regarding feeling backed into the corner. It really had nothing to do with the corner, he wanted to her to talk about how she was feeling now. Gestalt Therapy is based on the here and now. “Any escape into the future or past is examined as a likely resistance against the ongoing encounter” (1965), it how Perls described Gestalt Therapy. Perl’s approach was unique in the fact that he was attempting to Gloria to stand on her own two feet and take personal responsibility, but it was obvious Gloria was on the

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