What is Person-Centred Therapy?
Person-Centred Therapy is a Humanistic talking therapy that was developed by Carl Rogers. It is a non-directive, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client based on the belief that everyone has the capacity to fulfil their own potential. The client decides what the focus of the therapy is and directs the content of each session.
This form of counselling puts the focus on the relationship between the counsellor and the client. With the counsellor offering understanding and non-judgemental respect; and being honest and genuine within the session. The aim is for healing and personal growth to occur for the client in a process of self-discovery, facilitated by compassionate and encouraging interaction with the therapist.
Clients who are self-motivated and open in therapy can gain confidence, self-awareness, sense of identity and healthier relationships, as well as processing difficult emotions and memories.
Person-Centred therapy is at the heart of my therapeutic work, building a safe and understanding relationship with each client and allowing them to direct the content of the work we do together. I integrate Person-Centred Therapy with additional models and approaches, such as Mindfulness, Inner Child Work or Solution Focus, when this feels appropriate and with the agreement of the client.