Lizbeth AnsellPerson-Centred Counsellor
Person Centred Counselling
Person centred counselling was developed by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist and counsellor, who died in 1987. Person centred counselling was a completely new way of working and was originally called client centred therapy. At the time Rogers started working, the 1940s, people were treated like objects for study whereas Rogers saw people as individuals who deserved respect and understanding. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987.
How it works
The client and counsellor build a therapeutic relationship. Rogers outlined six core conditions that are necessary to bring about change. Three key conditions involve the counsellor being empathic, non-judgemental and genuine. The empathic understanding of the counsellor helps ease feelings of isolation and allows the client the opportunity to risk expressing thoughts and feelings. Empathy arises out of the relationship between client and counsellor.
The client counsellor therapeutic relationship is an equal collaborative relationship. The counsellor does not have a load of answers but offers a confidential non-judgemental relationship that will allow you the opportunity to explore experiences often from the past, emotions can surface and can sometimes be painful. Working with an empathic counsellor who has a deep understanding can bring about change.
This is quite different from chatting things through with friends who possibly have their own agenda.