Person-Centred Counselling grew out of the work of psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987). He advanced an approach to psychotherapy that, at the time (1940s – 1960s), was considered radical. This is the main orientation from which I work with clients, although I have trained in a wide range of others (including psychodynamic psychotherapy).
Described as non-directive, this therapy moves away from the idea that the therapist is the expert and towards a theory that trusts the innate ability of the client to find fulfilment of their potential (known as the ‘actualising tendency’). This orientation also includes being open, trusting and trustworthy, being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate, for both client and therapist.
On one level, Rogers’ theory and work is simple, yet this method relies not on technique, but on the personal qualities and abilities of the therapist to build a non-judgemental and empathic therapeutic relationship with the client. From that fertile ground grows the seed of transformation and coming back to oneself.