This is based on a theory put forward by the renowned psychotherapist Carl Rogers. He firmly believed that everyone has sufficient innate resources to deal effectively with life, and with the various problems that living entails. These innate resources are, according to the Person-Centred approach, can be hidden, denied or lost, but are nevertheless always present and can be accessed with the help of a trained therapist, who enables a safe environment to facilitate change and growth in the client, by providing empathy, unconditional positive regard and genuineness.
Personally, I love the simplicity and the elegance of the Person-Centred approach, and this draws me towards using it as my core model in practice.
The advantages of Person-Centred counselling are :
- It concentrates on the here and now, and encourages the client to think in present time
- It recognises and values the client
- It encourages self-expression, self-awareness, self-development and a greater understanding of self