Person Centred Approach
The person centred approach also known as client centered therapy was developed by Carl Rogers, in the 1940s. He pioneered this non-directive approach to counselling that is based on the humanistic philosophy that every individual has the ability to create a more positive and satisfying, way of living.
The starting point of the Rogerian approach to counseling and psychotherapy is best stated by Rogers (1986) himself.
"It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behavior - and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided."
Person centred counselling focuses on the personal relationship between a counsellor and client. It is characterised by three core conditions: (1) congruence between the therapist and the client, (2) unconditional positive regard toward the client, and (3) empathy with the client.
By providing a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship I encourage clients to become more self aware and accepting of themselves. I believe that within the safety of this therapeutic relationship clients can safely look at past and present hurts, concerns and worries. It is through this process that healing starts and positive changes begin.