Person-Centered Counselling

What is Person-Centered Counselling?

Person-centred counselling is referred to as client centred counselling, this is a humanistic approach, based on how you view yourself rather than how the therapist views your unconscious and your thoughts. Person-centred counselling can help you to reach your full potential. Your therapist can help you through counselling to achieve your full potential.

The principles of the Person-centered approach


1). You as a human being are a thinking organism, you are individually responsible for what you do and fully capable of making choices about your behaviour

2). No one can understand another person’s behaviour without perceiving the world through that person’s eyes (empathy)

Unconditional positive regard


To accept you unconditionally as you are without judging you: to trust your ability to change negative behaviours into positive ones

      1. Caring about you as a client: in a non-possessive caring way
      2. Willingness to listen is an important manifestation
      3. To be patient, warm, interested in all you have to say
Empathy


To see the world through your eyes and to understand the difficulties you face as though they were my own

  • Reflection of what I’ve understood about what you’ve said
  • Communicate my understanding of what you’re going through and how you feel
  • Working with you to raise your awareness of your own feelings
Carl Rogers, founder of Person-Centered counselling


In the words of Rogers (1975), accurate empathic understanding is as follows:

“If I am truly open to the way life is experienced by another person…if I can take his or her world into mine, then I risk seeing life in his or her way…and of being changed myself, and we all resist change. Since we all resist change, we tend to view the other person’s world only in our terms, not in his or hers. Then we analyze and evaluate it. We do not understand their world. But, when the therapist does understand how it truly feels to be in another person’s world, without wanting or trying to analyze or judge it, then the therapist and the client can truly blossom and grow in that climate.”

Carol Rogers was the founder of Person Centred counselling, he believed you have enough resources to be able to cope with life and its problems. He also believed when you face an issue(s); if you’re provided with the right conditions you can then work through your issue(s) and overcome them. The conditions of Person Centred Counselling are unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence.

Person-centered is non-direct, allowing you as the client to take control of what’s being discussed in your sessions. This type of therapy can help greatly for those individuals wanting to explore their own thoughts, feelings and allow you to deal with your issues.

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