The purpose of this paper is to present a brief comparison of the approach to psychotherapy using Client–centred therapy and Rational-emotive behaviour therapy. The Client–centred therapy and Rational-emotive behaviour therapy are both offspring’s of great personalities in the field of psychological therapy, Carl Ransom Rogers and Albert Ellis respectively. They were the creators of these fundamental therapeutic approaches, which proved to be of great importance in the development and evolution of counselling and psychotherapy. There are several commonalities between the two approaches of therapy and also some profound differences between them, such as nature of the therapist, aims, goals and strategies to name a few (Ziegler, 2000). What
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The human tendency then to re-indoctrinate themselves with their biologically based irrational beliefs in the present (Zieglar, 2002), plays a small part in comparison to the external factors or more appropriately the environment.
CCT strongly believes in letting the client play the role of a leader in the therapeutic process itself (Rogers, 1946), on the other hand Ellis claimed in his theory that and individual has a potential to be rational as well as irrational, which can bring up the question ‘why an REBT therapist would be so eager to challenge and critique the patterns of thought in their clients?’ Giving solutions to the client based on what the therapist feels appropriate is not always in unison with what is best suited for the client. Does this show that the therapist has the client’s best interest in mind?
An empathic therapist who accepts the client as integrated whole generates a constructive therapeutic environment of trust (Egan, 2010), and one of the most striking features about CCT is the skill of the therapist to create an atmosphere which is warm where the client is able to explore his attitudes and be