What is Client/Person Centred Therapy?
Client centred therapy is based largely on the work done by Carl Rogers. Client or person centred therapy is also known as Rogerian Therapy and is based on the fundamental belief that all human beings are essentially trustworthy, social and creative. The practical expression of this belief is the willingness of the therapist to vacate the position of expert and instead to work to enable a client to realise their own resources and self-understanding. Person centred counselling emphasises our internal perceptual and emotional world as the source of understanding for our thoughts, feelings and actions. The approach is humanistic and also contains existential elements.
Although person centred therapy stresses the importance of individual experience, in essence it is a theory of relationships, it acknowledges our interdependence in a way which provides a route to deep and acceptant communication with others.