The person-centred approach to counselling belongs to the humanistic school of therapy and was founded by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, in the 1950s. This form of counselling is characterised by people being provided with an environment allowing themselves to get in touch with their own experiencing of what is going on for them and what is happening in their lives. The Person-Centred approach to counselling holds that each individual person is an expert on themselves with innate resources to deal with life, and these can be tapped into by providing the right conditions for a person to grow and develop. These conditions can be provided through the person-centred counsellor and the therapeutic relationship.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
“We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.”
Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person