Personal Theory Exploration
Bowling Green State University
“Knowledge is power.”
-Sir Francis Bacon
Knowledge is indeed powerful. It allows one to see things in more comprehensive ways. Knowledge doesn’t let one settle. It molds and evolves within someone. Knowledge pushes one to betterment. It can come from outside sources but always is processed and implemented within. As a counselor, knowledge is vital to the wellness and development of the client. Knowing who we are, where we come from, what influences us, and what makes us who we are, these are just some of the questions that help us discover ourselves.
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- Because we are meant to be loved and accepted when there is a fragment in relationships whether with ones’ self, others or the world it causes us strife and anxiety.
- We are responsible for our own construction of the world.
- A counselor’s task is to try to fully understand the client’s worldview and encourage them to make intentional decisions and interactions with the world and their relationships within it.
- A holistic view and experience with regards to the spiritual dimension is important.
When taking these into consideration it is a counselor’s duty to also look at where the client is developmentally. This is where Developmental Counseling Theory (DCT), comes into play. Just as Existential-Humanistic looks at the whole person, the DCT model does the same. In looking at the person holistically, a counselor should consider what stage of life the client is at developmentally. As well as considering where they may have been and where they would like to be. In using these stages a greater knowledge can be had as to what has and is influencing the client in relation to self, others and the world around them. This also gives the counselor the ability to appropriately adapt to the needs and developmental stages of the client.
Openness to experience, living existentionally, experiencing freedom, life and creativity allow the client to embrace being-in-the world and are how Carl Rogers’ describes as a fully functioning person. I believe to fully embrace these things a client must self-actualize. In order to do so, I believe that the counselor must have a fully understanding of who the client perceives himself or herself to be, where they are developmentally and how the relationships around them are influencing them. Grasping a client’s relation-to-others there is no better place to start then to consider their placement within their family. In applying attributes of Family Counseling, to DCT and Existential-Humanistic Theory, the picture of the client comes into focus. In focusing on the client, this is primary to Carl Roger’s person-centered approach; it would be hard for me to not consider how the primary relationships in their family have affected them.
By exploring one’s family life a counselor can discover many different things. This could include if the family has a structure, subcultures, and boundaries. While determining whether the family is enmeshed or disengaged. Discovering the client’s role in their family, a counselor is able to have a better understanding of the stress, anxiety and preconceived notions the client may have. If a client holds a role like rescuer, gatekeeper, mascot or black sheep, then a counselor has a place to begin. Which may include helping the client relearn what it means to be an active and healthy participant in their family structure.
In combining these theories, I hope to have a good start to working with my ideal clientele: adolescence, college...