What is the Person-Centred Approach?

I work using the work of Carl Rogers as guiding principles in my work and relationships.  My aim in working with you is to support you to explore your feelings and emotions in a confidential environment, to be more able to think the issues through, until clarity is achieved. It also increases self-awareness and offers personal insights, which can provide you with a better understanding of yourself, your relationships and the things that are happening in your life.  This allows you to understand the meaning behind your feelings and emotions, and to decide what positive steps, towards change, to take next.

The British Association for the Person Centred Approach (BAPCA) explain how the person centred approach originated and how it works.

“The Person-Centred Approach developed from the work of the psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987). He advanced an approach to psychotherapy and counselling that, at the time (1940s – 1960s), was considered extremely radical if not revolutionary.

Originally described as non-directive, this therapy moved away from the idea that the therapist was the expert and towards a theory that trusted the innate tendency (known as the actualising tendency) of human beings to find fulfilment of their personal potentials. An important part of this theory is that in a particular psychological environment, the fulfilment of personal potentials includes sociability, the need to be with other human beings and a desire to know and be known by other people. It also includes being open to experience, being trusting and trustworthy, being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate.

The psychological environment described by Rogers was one where a person felt free from threat, both physically and psychologically. This environment could be achieved when being in a relationship with a person who was deeply understanding (empathic), accepting (having unconditional positive regard) and genuine (congruent).

Although initially developed as an approach to psychotherapy (eventually becoming known as client/person-centred therapy/counselling), Rogers and his colleagues came to believe that their ideas could be transferred to other areas where people were in relationships. For example teaching, management, childcare, patient care, conflict resolution.”