WHAT IS PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING?
( Carl Rogers, 1902-1987 )
The person-centred approach to counselling believes that people have an inherent capacity to grow and achieve their full potential (known as the actualising tendency) given the right environment.
The counsellor can facilitate the right environment by offering;
Empathy – by understanding the clients’ inner world as if it was their own.
Unconditional positive regard – warmth, acceptance and a non- judgemental attitude.
Congruence –genuineness within the therapeutic relationship.
By placing the client in the centre of this helping process motivates the clients’ self-healing; an insight into what is hurting them and potentially leading them to finding their own answers to their problems, emotional distress and behaviour.
This type of counselling is unique as it is non-directive meaning that the client is respected for being the expert in their own lives rather than the counsellor; the client is in control of the process and the counsellor works alongside the client in whatever direction the client wishes to go.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU AS A PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLOR?
As a person-centred counsellor, I believe that you have the ability for personal growth and change given the right environment- the way you may be feeling right now can be different.
I will listen and totally focus on whatever is hurting and/or hindering you from living your life as you want to at this moment. This may be the impact of difficult life events and experiences, relationships, emotions, thoughts or behaviour.
Person-centred counselling offers quiet time and a safe space for yourself. This will give you the opportunity to face and think about what is distressing you away from influences from family and friends. As our trusting therapeutic relationship develops you may find you will be able to share things that you have not been able to before. This unloading of hidden or suppressed feelings can be very beneficial.
After a traumatic experience, sometimes raw, difficult feelings are firmly hidden in a ‘box’. However, if left untouched and in certain circumstances, these feelings can unexpectedly ‘burst out’ or exacerbate and may cause strong emotions such as anxiety or anger.
During our counselling sessions I can help by supporting you in unpacking this 'box' in the safety of our counselling relationship, at your pace and in your way. These stored difficult feelings can then be talked through and explored before gently being replaced back into the 'box' in a more manageable way; hopefully, resulting in having fewer negative influences over your daily life.
Recovery may come in a form of being able to see, feel and think differently about yourself and things in your life, initiating a change in your behaviour as you develop new ways for living.
Due to its nature, this type of therapy is also very helpful for improving self-awareness and personal development.
"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried"