Carl Rogers developed Person-centred therapy in the 1940s. It veers away from the traditional style whereby the therapist acts as the expert and instead focuses on a totally empathic approach that empowers the client. Rogers held the belief that everyone has the ability to fulfil their complete potential and his therapy – sometimes referred to as Rogerian therapy, is frequently used by counsellors and analysts.
The crux of person-centred therapy is the belief that people are not inherently flawed. Instead, it promotes the fact that everyone has the potential to change and achieve personal growth. Rogers referred to this as ‘actualising’ and viewed it as a way of moving towards a state of perfect balance and understanding. He firmly held the view that everyone can tap into their innate vast resources and move towards a positive future.
Person-centred therapists or counsellors use this procedure to work with clients very closely, taking the time to recognise and trust their own human potential. Clients are greeted with empathy and a positive reception which enables them to make use of their own personal strengths to work towards change of the positive kind.
When you work with a counsellor or psychoanalyst that makes use of person-centred therapy, they will not direct the course of your treatment but will follow your lead where they can. You will be offered full support and guidance as well as practical advice, all within a structured environment of safety, security and total acceptance. The aim of the therapy is to provide you with a road towards your own personal solution by looking within yourself and recognising and believing in your own ability.
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