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Person Centred Therapy

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know”.

Carl Rogers

Person-centred therapy is a non-directive therapy which states that each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change. Developed by Carl Rogers in the 1950’s, Rogers named this natural human inclination “self-actualization”. He likened it to the way that other living organisms strive toward balance, order, and greater complexity. According to Rogers, “Individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and behaviour; these resources can be tapped if a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.”

The person-centred therapist offers empathy and unconditional positive regard to help clients facilitate change. The therapist avoids directing the course of therapy by following the client’s lead whenever possible. Instead, the therapist offers support, guidance, and structure so that the client can discover personalized solutions within themselves.

Person-centred therapy is suited to helping with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD and depression.