Person-centred/humanistic counselling is a supportive form of therapy where you are given the space and safety to share your concerns. Person-centred/humanistic counselling is based on the philosophy that individuals are full of potential for growth. Given the right conditions, people are all capable of being loving, creative and knowledgeable. Humanistic therapy evolved in the 1950s and 1960s in the USA as part of a ‘human potential movement’. Carl Rogers posited core conditions of unconditional positive regard, congruence and empathy which are central to a person-centred approach.
A person-centred counsellor believes that all clients have within themselves vast resources for development, which leads you to deep discoveries about your feelings, your blind spots, your needs and your hopes. Person-centred counselling forms the backdrop to all our counselling work. Your therapist will be empathic, understanding, supportive and non-judgemental. the counsellor’s task is to create new conditions of relationship where the growth process can be encouraged.
Many people benefit from this type of therapy, from parents struggling to deal with young children, through to hard working business people learning to deal with stress in the workplace. This therapy can help you to discover and release the potential we all have inside.