Carl Rogers discovers
work for Counselling
Rogers said that if the counsellor even for one minute doubted that the
client had the resources within themselves, then the counseling process
Many years ago I myself did therapy with a very good
therapist who although not Rogerian, 95% of the time acted as if she
was. In the 5% of the time when she feared for me and wanted me to grow
faster than I was, she would give me advice or tell me what to do.
Self-doubt would descend. I had not worked out the answer. I would go
into a malaise for quite some time. I believe Rogers was so right.
Given the right conditions, each of us has the ability to find our own
inner resources and the answers that are right for us at that time. But
it is a fragile process. A counsellor who has faith in their own inner
resources, will have faith in the client's and that faith will be felt
by the client.
counselling differs from most other kinds of counselling in that the
counsellor does not direct the client at all. It is non-directive
therapy. Rather than a set of ideas to frame the counselling, the
counsellor has simply themselves.
Brian Thorne, an English Rogerian
counselor, has said that he believes that the only limit on this type
of counselling is the counsellor themselves. The counsellor must be
able to work in accordance with the core conditions. They must be
non-directive and non-judgmental and they must themselves be able to be
genuine, show positive regard and have empathy. This is not necessarily
always the easiest thing in the world! The counsellor as well as the
client will be continually growing.
I think that Carl Roger's belief that the client is the one who has the answers, though appearing simple is very profound.
discovered that we have an unconscious and that we need to suppress a
great deal of ourselves to survive in society.
Jung discovered that
there are phenomenal amounts of ways by which we can perceive
Religions also are surely simply the way experienced by the
person or people who set them in motion. The problem is that whenever
you take one person's experience and say "this is the right way" you
create a dogma and you create a cult.
Carl Roger's way of working gives
assistance for each of us to find our own uniqueness and our own way. I
trust my inner feeling self and I believe that part of all of us is
completely trustworthy. It may be that while we are living in this
world we will never know all the answers but if we can each be able to
be a little bit more of who we are, then I think that would surely be a
I see a relationship between Carl Rogers work and that of Buddhism.
What Rogers calls "false self" is, I believe, what Buddhists call ego.
Likewise I see a definite similarity between the transmission that
Buddhists receive from their Gurus to the core conditions of the
relationship between client and counselor in Rogerian Counseling.
also important to notice that Rogerian counsellors differ from
conventional helpers such as psychiatrists in that they do not feel in
control of the person they are working with. A Rogerian counsellor will
take responsibility to be there with the client on the client's journey but a Rogerian counsellor will not be responsible for
I believe this is the only way of working which can
genuinely expect the client to be responsible for themselves. When
someone is controlling you, you do not really have that opportunity.
This way of working fits very much into the Buddhist ethic of non
controlling. The Buddha also said some interesting things like "Put no
truth above the deepest truth you know within yourself" - which is
advice I think feel worth heeding for anyone interested in personal
We all have our own unique history which has made us who we are
today. Each of us needs to integrate things against this background and
within our present situation. Our timing and our way of doing this will
be different. An inner truth can never be told to you. It can only be experienced
by you. Rogerian Counselling offers conditions which are conducive for
us to grow and be ever more aware and in touch with our increasingly
deepening inner truths.
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