Who is the founder of Person-Centered Therapy
Describe 2-3 basic tenants of PCT.
1) Clients have a vast potential for understanding themselves and resolving their own problems and are capable of self-direction if they are in a relationship that is empathic, supportive, caring and without judgment.
2) Attitudes, personal characteristics, and authentic presence of the therapist are the prime determinants of the outcome of the therapeutic process.
3) Client’s capacity for self-healing is at the center of the therapy, not the therapists’s techniques.
Name an art therapist that implemented this theory.
Describe the techniques associated with PCT.
Emotion-focused therapy: Entails the practice of therapy being informed by understanding the role of emotion in psychotherapeutic change. Strategies used in EFT are aimed at strengthening the self, regulating affect, and creating meaning.
Motivational interviewing: a two-fold process that involves helping people to commit to the difficult process of change. The first step is increase the person’s motivation. The next step is to help the person make a commitment to change.
What is an art therapy activity that could be done using this approach? Justify why you think this activity fits under PCT.
Using Natalie Rogers’ person centered expressive arts approach, the therapist might ask the client to consider exploring their emotions via movement or color. The client is at the center of this therapy because the therapist offers no interpretation of the art expression.
Describe the Creative Connection within the Person-Centered Expressive Art Therapy (PCEAT) approach of Natalie Rogers.
The creative connection process involves the integration of movement, sound, art, and journal writing in a sequence. A client may engage in movement, then be asked to consider exploring some of the brought up emotions through art making.