Person-Centred Therapy

(Gemma Wood)

The Person-Centred theory was developed by Carl Rogers in 1940’s. It is a humanistic approach that works with each client’s individual experiences (the view through their eyes), combined with the belief that the client holds their own answers, but may need help to reach them. 

Having taken elements of his theory, each client is as a unique individual, tailoring each client’s treatment plan to their needs.  Being client lead and offering all the core elements to each person, the aim is to help them feel heard, listened to, understood and validated.   

The essential element to any therapeutic relationship is the relationship one has with their therapist. If the therapist can offer all the necessary elements required -  an empathic, safe, non-judgmental, caring, honest, transparent and confidential environment - then this is where growth can begin. Coupled to this, it is imperative that the client wishes to enter the therapeutic relationship with his or her therapist. It is paramount that a depth of relationship between the therapist and the client is formed so that change and progress can occur. Real progress only starts to occur when a client can be completely honest with themselves and can start to mirror the relationship they have with their therapist in the outside world. The positive impact of reaching one’s unique potential and core stability can be felt by not only the client, but sometimes also those around them.

 

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