Person-centred counselling, or person-centred therapy, is a style of therapy that focuses strongly on the client’s experience and expertise with their life. Rather than seeking to explain unconscious drives and forces, the therapist and the client work together and form a therapeutic alliance. Carl Rogers founded the person-centred counselling style, putting him up there with such caring and legendary men who bear the surname Rogers, such as Steve and Fred. Actual comparative research has compared the work of Fred Rogers, of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, and Carl Rogers, the psychotherapist.
The therapeutic alliance is core to most therapy processes, but this style of counselling focuses on developing the alliance, and helping the therapist and the client learn about the client, and how they can work towards self-actualisation.
A person-centred approach places a strong belief in the idea that everyone wants to live towards being the best person they can be – that we’re all in the pursuit of our best life, but sometimes things get in the way, often, ourselves.
Working in a person-centred style means being present for the client – the human being in front of us. It means listening, and creating a space for someone where they can be heard with empathy, be accepted, and experience themselves with authenticity. I love authenticity – the pursuit of becoming our authentic self is an empowering and liberating feeling.
I use a person-centred approach. Even when I’m working in other ways (such as cognitive-behavioural therapy), I still maintain a strong adherence to the core conditions and developing the therapeutic alliance. Because together we can work together to bring your actual self moving towards your ideal self. And it’s an amazing journey I’d love to share with you.