Key concepts and principles of person centred counselling

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key concepts and principles of person centred counselling

Person-Centred Counselling in Action by Dave Mearns

A very clearly written description with numerous, helpful, real-world examples of the application of person-centred principles in counselling. I found the book both illuminating and inspiring.

This was the first book I read on any kind of counselling or psychotherapy. I had been learning about PCC (as well as CBT and psychodynamic therapies) in an introductory counselling course and I felt that the course was enough of an introduction for me to get in to this book.

The examples were all real, which prevented any sense of contrivance in the writing. I think this was why I felt very much immersed while reading it. A few examples were (for comparison) of naive responses from therapists and I found those very helpful too.

The only part of the book that I did not find easily digestible was an early chapter on configurations. It sounded like the information in that chapter had emerged from relatively recent research and was therefore not something I had learnt about.
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Person-Centered Therapy

The Person-Centred Approach to Counselling

The person-centred approach was developed from the concepts of humanistic psychology. Carl Rogers a major contributor of the client-centred approach emphasized the humanistic perspective as well as ensuring therapeutic relationships with clients promote self-esteem, authenticity and actualisation in their life, and help them to use their strengths Seligman, The person-centred approach was originally focused on the client being in charge of the therapy which led to the client developing a greater understanding of self, self-exploration, and improved self-concepts. Currently, the person-centred approach focuses on the client being able to develop a greater understanding of self in an environment which allows the client to resolve his or her own problems without direct intervention by the therapist. The therapist should keep a questioning stance which is open to change as well as demonstrating courage to face the unknown. Rogers also emphasised the attitudes and personal characteristics of the therapist and the quality of the client-therapist relationship as being the determinants for a successful therapeutic process Corey, The humanistic influence on person-centred therapy As previously mentioned, the humanistic approach has been a major influence on person-centred therapy.

Be found at the exact moment they are searching. Sign Up and Get Listed. Person-centered therapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the s. This type of therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as expert and moved instead toward a nondirective, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process. Person-centered therapy, also known as Rogerian therapy, has had a tremendous impact on the field of psychotherapy and many other disciplines. Rather than viewing people as inherently flawed, with problematic behaviors and thoughts that require treatment, person-centered therapy identifies that each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change. He likened it to the way that other living organisms strive toward balance, order, and greater complexity.

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By Saul McLeod , updated Humanistic therapies evolved in the USA during the s., In the s, Rogers proposed a form of therapy that focused on the clients' experience of themselve s, as opposed to the counsellor being an expert and telling them what to do, or what was wrong with them. Given the right relationship with the therapist, clients can decide what they want to do with their lives.

Bryant-Jeffreys, R. Oxon: Radcliffe Publishing. Douglas, B. Client issues in counselling and psychotherapy. Maslow, A. Psychological Review, 50 4 , pp.


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