To prepare for this assignment:

  • Bring to mind what you have learned in the past two weeks about Gestalt and Existential theories and their respective theoretical approaches. Select one of these approaches on which to base this assignment.
  • Review Client Profile 3: Patrick in this week’s Learning Resources, and think about how you might use your chosen approach with this client.
  • Review the course text readings and the media segments for this week, paying attention to how the experts use a specific theoretical orientation, or approach, to evaluate a client.

The assignment:

  • In a 1- to 3-page paper, critically evaluate the client in Client Profile 3 using either a Gestalt or Existential approach. Make sure you address:
    • The strengths and limitations to using this approach with this client
    • The specific cultural/gender/age issues that need to be attended to with this client
    • The ethical or legal issues that need to be attended to with this client
    • The overall therapeutic goal with this client
    • How you would proceed with this client:
      • How would you begin?
      • What would be the goals of therapy?
      • What specific strategies and/or techniques might you use?


Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10the ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2006). Counseling and psychotherapy theories: Case study: A humanistic/person-centered perspective. Baltimore: Author.