Person-centred counselling is a humanistic approach first developed by Carl Rogers. At its heart is the belief that life is growth, and that as such we all have the ability to grow and change. Counselling and therapy can help by providing the best conditions for growth – much as sunshine, water and nutrient-rich soil do for plants. In counselling these conditions are empathy (understanding and being in tune with how you are feeling), unconditional positive regard (compassion and acceptance), and congruence (being open to our own feelings, and authentic in our interactions). In life sometimes the idea of how things should be, or how we should behave, stops us from noticing what is really happening, or how we are truly feeling. Person-centred counselling aims to help us reconnect with our experiencing of ourselves and the world around us.
“….we all have the ability to grow and change. Counselling can help by providing the best conditions for growth – much as sunshine, water and nutrient-rich soil do for plants.
In person-centred counselling and therapy, the client is the expert (in themselves), and counsellors strive to create a relationship based on equality rather than being ‘in charge’. Because of this deep trust in the client, counselling takes place at the client’s pace. At times this can mean there are silences, and few questions, and at others more of a back and forth. The aim is that through a warm and understanding relationship, ultimately the client will reconnect to, and hold, this same trust in themselves.