An experience of working with Carl Rogers

This begins with an account of the therapeutic experience, and then Carl’s comment:-

‘”It becomes increasingly difficult to write these reports – whatever is happening becomes steadier and softer – has more continuity, so that separate events don’t stand out with dramatic clarity, and it’s very difficult to see what’s going on inside me. Moreover, by now it’s a far cry from scientific investigation, it’s a highly personal experience and that has several results: my energies are pretty well tied up in whatever process is going on, and it takes a tremendous effort to observe and record the process: my instinct or impulse, or what have you, is all against analysing and self-regarding – I’m much inclined to leave myself alone and just enjoy the results, or let them wash over me when I don’t enjoy them: some way or other, the whole counselling process seems to militate against any sort of introspection or preoccupation with self. Of course all kinds of questions and insights and some speculations (though remarkably few) arise between interviews, but there is very little tendency to get lost, preoccupied, withdrawn in them; they draw your attention in much the same way as external events do; they’re more apt to crop up while you’re doing something, and they’re very apt to vanish if you turn your full attention on them and try to capture them.”

There is something fascinating about this paragraph. The client is, in the therapeutic hour, focusing all her attention upon self, to a degree that she has probably never known before. Yet this situation is experienced as a process which leads away from preoccupation with self. The question is worth raising as to whether therapy is an experiencing of self, not an experience about self. Thus the intellectualising, introspective interest in self drops away in favour of a more primary experience.’

Client-centred Therapy – Carl Rogers

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling Exeter since 1994

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