Consistency of the ClientCentered Approach of Dr Rogers
The therapist’s clients can pose vast resources for altering their self-concept, self-understanding, self-directed behavior attitudes. To access such resources, the clients are required to have a definable counseling facilitation climate whereby the therapist is more of a counselor or a friend who encourages and listens. Such a therapist is required to be understanding, warm and genuine. According to Rogers (1951), despite symptoms could emerge from past experiences, the clients are required not to focus to the past but on the present as well as the future. Therefore, a liberation of the clients from their past as well as helping them to attain personal growth as self-actualization is very critical. In order for these to be achieved, there should be a friendly relationship between the therapist and client which must aim at promoting listening, understanding, sharing and accepting. Therefore, the Client Centred Approach makes therapy warmer, simpler as well as more optimistic (Rogers, 1986). Clients tend to feel better when encouraged to focus on their subjective understanding rather than on some unconscious motive or someone else’s situation interpretation. According to Rogers (1959), a notion of self-concept (beliefs and perceptions about oneself) is the major concept in the Client-Centered theory and it best describes the ‘I’ and ‘me’ that include perception as well valuing of ‘what I am’ and ‘what I can do’.For instance, individuals who perceive they are strong tend to behave with confidence as well as see their actions with confidence. Sometimes, self-conceptnever fit with reality due to the manner persons see others is not the same way they see them. For instance, people could be very interesting to others and yet considers themselves to be boring. They evaluate judges this image they have as a bore. and this valuing could be reflected in their self-esteem. The confident women could have is a high self-esteem and the men who considers themselves as a bore could have a low self-esteem, presuming that confidence and strength are highly valued and that being boring is not. The client-centred approach, in regard to Seligman (2006), views individuals as independent, capable as well as capable to resolving their difficulties, change their lives positively and realize their potential. This results to the client who is in charge of the therapy, to have the capacity of exploring and understanding the self. so that to come up with informed solutions.