Person-Centred Counselling grew out of the work of psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987). He advanced an approach to psychotherapy and counselling that, at the time (1940s – 1960s), was considered radical. This is the main orientation from which I work with clients.
Described also 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 human being to find fulfilment of their potential, known as the ‘actualising tendency’. It also includes being open, trusting and trustworthy, being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate, in terms of both client and therapist.
At one level, Rogers’ theory and work is very simple to describe. At the same time, it relies not on technique but on the personal qualities of the therapist and client to build a non-judgemental and empathic therapeutic relationship. From that ground can grow the seed of transformation, change and coming back to oneself.