Human Behaviour Theories - Person-Centred Approach


Human Behaviour Theories


  • Counsellor is not intrusive – non-directive
  • The client is given the opportunity to talk
  • Easier to talk to someone who is not close
  • Counsellor meets client as an equal
  • Counsellor is not judgemental
  • Counsellor does not ‘show’ expertise
  • Promotes care value base
  • Thus client does not feel threatened
  • Ensures clients feel they are considered
  • Add details from the case study to support your points


  • Requires client to be motivated
  • May not be motivated if they are depressed
  • Requires the client to be able to communicate
  • Requires good communication skills on the part of the client
  • Some clients may be frightened about talking
  • Client may expect advice
  • They may not feel they are being helped
  • Approach’s key terms are difficult to understand
  • Add details from the case study to support your points


You determine whether the apporach would be suitable and effective based on the case study.
Examples that are frequently used are clients suffering from depression for a variety of reasons.
Consider how their depression may be helped by the advantages
Consider how their depression may prevent the client from participating in the counselling session
Draw your own conclusions - you can't be marked down because of your opinions providing you have justified what you say. 


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