Pros And Cons Of PCT

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Register to read the introduction… This self concept is then continuously re-enforced as the person grows up and any negative experiences encountered can feed into a long term negative self concept. If, for example the individual was criticized a lot as a child or felt unloved, as an adult they would have poor self concept.

The Pros and Cons of PCT from both the Client’s and Therapist’s Perspective

PCT appears on the surface to be an ideal environment for a client to help themselves to find a solution for their problems, by providing a safe, neutral and ‘nurturing’ environment in which to explore issues. However, there are inherent challenges present for both the therapist and the client in this approach which can lead to a successful or disappointing outcome.

The Client and PCT

Many clients will be open to PCT as the first therapy which they feel supports, and allows them a platform for expressing their thoughts and concerns without feeling they have to justify them to a ‘specialist’. Whilst this in itself can help the individual client work through problems, it could also be said that it is not enough. Clients may wish to have ‘solutions’, or alternative ideas offered to resolve the issues they are presenting. This may not prove the ideal stand alone therapy for these clients as they want someone else eg the therapist to give concrete, factual options for them to
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Neurotics would display varying levels of insight into their state of mind, which would allow the PCT practitioner to reflect back, but a client presenting a psychotic demeanor would not have the same insight into their own mental health and would not necessarily be able to be in touch with reality for PCT to be of any significant benefit to them. Critics (anon) of Rogers also question whether the therapist should develop a relationship of unconditional positive regard in the case of dangerously violent persons. The scope of PCT can only really be extended to a limited range of clients suffering from milder forms of neurosis. Deeper pscychotic behaviour should ethically be referred to another qualified therapist.
Roger’s concept that human nature is basically healthy and good coupled with the assumption that every individual wishes to strive for ‘self-actualisation’ also comes in for criticism. Overall the fact that Rogers does not take the scientifically proven route as a basis for PCT is not viewed favourably by critics, with Rogers choosing personality and therapeutic methodology over pscychodynamic

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