Client Centered Therapy and Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy

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The character I chose for this case study is Elliot Stabler, a detective on the show Law and Order Special Victims Unit. The Detectives in the Special Victims Unit investigate crimes that involve sexual assault (Agnelli, 2014). The unit also deals with murder, abduction, robbery and child pornography cases. () Detective Stabler came from an Irish American Catholic Family. (Agnelli, 2014). He is a devout Catholic whose faith sometimes complicates the cases he worked on. (Agnelli, 2014). In his early years, Detective Stabler had a difficult time with his parents; his father physically and emotionally abused him. (Agnelli, 2014). Detective Stabler’s mother suffered from bi polar disorder—which was later inherited by his daughter. (Agnelli, 2014). When Eliot was three years old, his mother drove him to Broadway during a snowstorm. The mother crashed the vehicle into a light post following the snowflakes (Agnelli, 2014).. Because of this, Detective Stabler has erased his childhood and maintains minimal contact with his mother. During Detective Stabler’s custodial interviews he often mentioned his family, particularly his children as a way to gain trust from the suspect. In a few episodes, Detective Stabler revealed he sees aspects of his children in every child molestation victim—which has instilled in him an intense hatred towards pedophiles (Agnelli, 2014).. On several occasions Detective Stabler communicated he has fantasized about murdering a pedophile. His fantasy of murdering a pedophile has almost cost him his job on several occasions (Agnelli, 2014).. Detective Stabler connected with victims on a fatherly base, and has been willing to use physical force to apprehend a suspect he believes has harmed a child (Agnelli, 2014)... ... middle of paper ... ... and those flaws do not make him better or worse than any other individual. Then there is an unconditional other-acceptance, though others may treat him unfairly from time to time, there is no reason why they must treat him fairly and the people who treat him unfairly are not better or worse than him. And the final prong, unconditional life acceptance being life is not always going to work the way you would like, there is no reason life has to go the way he wants and life is not bad or good but bearable. Works Cited Agnelli, A. (2014, March 10). Elliot Stabler. Retrieved from Wedding, D., & Corsini, R. J. (2014). Current psychotherapies. (10th ed., p. 95-191). Belmont, CA : Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. Ross, W. (2006). Rebt network: What is REBT?. Retrieved from
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