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Person-Centered Approach to Depression

Using the Person-Centered Approach apply it to the vignette listed below. Also, include any interventions from the theory that you have chosen to address the issues outlined.

Vignette

You have been assigned a 51 year old Caucasian male client by your agency. Ralph reports feeling depressed and not happy with himself. He has never been married and has no children. Ralph states that he feels like a â??failureâ? due to not having accomplished much during his life and appears to suffer from low self-esteem. He wants to meet the right woman and eventually get married but has never been assertive enough to make this happen. He had one previous relationship several years ago where there was some domestic violence (Ralph states that his girlfriend initiated much of it and he was only protecting himself). Ralph has done well professionally, but it appears that his issues lie more in the personal realm.

What theory in our text would you use to work with this client?
What interventions from the theory you have chosen would you use with Ralph?
What would be your general approach to working with Ralph (i.e. what do you think is important to address, how to address those issues, etc.)
What, if any, barriers do you see in working with Ralph (i.e. would these issues hit too close to home for you, would there be a need to refer to someone else, be reflective here)?

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Dear Student,
Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below seeks to cover all the questions listed in your original inquiry. I hope it helps. If you feel that you need to expand on the information provided, may I advise using the listed references.

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OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
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Case Analysis: Ralph, 51, depression

Ralph, who has done well professionally is in a state of depression. Unhappy with himself and the state of his own affairs in a personal level, he has never married and has no children. While he has had a long-term relationship previously, there was some alleged violence although he has defended his actions by saying he was only protecting himself as the violence was initiated by his own girlfriend's actions. He wants to find the right woman but has always had issues with creating meaningful relationships or bond and has never been assertive enough. Thus, despite his success in his profession, his low self-esteem has resulted to feeling as if he has not accomplished much in his life. Thus his personal issues including loneliness, lack of meaningful relationships, traumatic former relationship due to domestic violence, and at his age - no children, has all culminated to a state of depression and unhappiness. If not mediated, the depression could lead to a major disablement due to the psychological and physiological effects of the psychosis. In the US, 3.4% of those suffering from major depressive disorder commit suicide and of the annual number of suicides, about 60% suffer from a major depressive psychological disorder (NMHI, 2007).

The Agency has ascertained that the Person-Centered Approach would be used to mediate the issues of the client to help the client in overcoming his depression by going through the process of non-bias, positive empowerment and self-reflection in an environment that offers comfort. Essentially, the Carl Rogers-pioneered approach is humanistic in a sense that it seeks to put the ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a 1,154-word analysis of a 51-year old Caucasian male suffering a case of depression (see vignette) using the Person-Centered Approach theory. A word version of the solution is attached. References are listed for the purpose of expansion.

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