What is person-centred counselling?
Founded in the 1940s by American psychologist Carl Rogers, person-centred counselling (also known as ‘Rogerian therapy’) is one of many humanistic approaches to counselling. Rogers believed that if a person was given the right set of parameters and conditions then they could help themselves to become their true self.
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How is person-centred counselling different from other therapies?
Many have a preconceived notion that therapy will be led by the counsellor, that when they attend a session the therapist or counsellor will diagnose the individual’s problems and direct them with a course of action to rectify any shortcomings. A person-centred therapist or counsellor will take a different approach, with the session being led by the individual as opposed to the professional.
This approach allows the individual to explore their own issues, beliefs, feelings, worldview, and behaviours in order to become more self-aware, ultimately achieving full independence which will lead to self-actualisation.