What is the Person Centred Approach?
The Person Centred Approach is a popular approach to therapy in the UK today
Developed by Dr Carl Rogers. Also know as 'Client Centred' or 'Rogerian' therapy.
PCA counsellors believe that given the right conditions, a human being can grow, and change in a positive way, PCA counsellors endeavour to create these conditions for the client.
PCA puts the client at the heart of the therapy, taking the stance that the client is an expert on themselves, therefore being non-directive, non-instructive and non-advice giving.
The Counsellor aims to have a deep understanding of the client, being accepting of them and their issues, showing genuineness at all times. This builds a safe and confidential Therapeutic Relationship between client and counsellor, a relationship in which the client can express their real self and their real feelings, to be able to look a difficult/painful problems, or issues past or present that the client may not be able to express elsewhere in their lives.
"The person-centred approach was developed from the concepts of humanistic psychology. The humanistic approach "views people as capable and autonomous, with the ability to resolve their difficulties, realise their potential, and change their lives in positive ways" (Seligman, 2006)