Person-centered therapy (PCT)

Person-centred therapy is a humanistic talking therapy approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously.

Created in the 1950s by American psychologist, Carl Rogers, the person-centred approach assumes that we all have an innate tendency to aspire towards our full potential. Sometimes our life experiences, especially those that affect our sense of value or worth can block or distort our ability to do this.

Using our therapeutic relationship I aim to understand your experience from your frame of reference. Through our sessions we will essentially help you to reconnect with your inner values and sense of self-worth. We shall facilitate personal growth and your relationships by allowing you to explore and utilise your own strengths and individualism. The reconnection and rebuilding of your own inner resources enables you to once again find your way to move forward and achieve your aspirations.

Other related changes that can be cultivated within person centred therapy include:

  • A coming together of your idealised and actual self.
  • An improvement in self-expression.
  • A greater ability to trust and rely on yourself.
  • A greater self-understanding and awareness.
  • Healthier current and future relationships.
  • An overall healthy sense of change.
  • A decrease in negative emotions

Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages with a range of personal issues. It can be an appealing approach, due to the client led nature, you are in control of the content and pace of the sessions. This approach to counselling with the client led non-directive style can be of great benefit if you have a strong urge to explore yourself and your feelings, while also helping if you wish to explore specific psychological habits or patterns of thought.

Evidence shows that the person-centred approach can be particularly useful in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.