Person Centred Counselling emerged from humanism and starts from the premise that we all have the ability to move towards a more fulfilling and satisfying way of being and living our lives.
In the Person-Centred Approach the counsellor trusts the client to find their own answers and direction. The counsellor is a fellow traveller on the client's journey, helping the client to understand how they interact with the world and helping them to develop a greater sense of self-awareness in a (physically and psychologically) safe environment.
The essential qualities needed to create this environment are empathy, acceptance and congruence. These core conditions, are at the heart of the Person Centred Approach.
Person-Centred Therapy: 100 Key Points. Paul Wilkins. (2010).
Published by Routledge
The Carl Rogers Reader. Carl Rogers (Edited by Kirschenbaum and Henderson) (1990).
Published by Constable UK.
Person Centred Counselling in Action. D Mearns and B. Thorne (1997).
Published by Sage.
Client-Centred Therapy. Carl Rogers.(2003).
Published by Constable.
On Becoming a Person. Carl Rogers (1961)
Published by Constable and Company