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What is Person-Centred Counselling?

Person-centred counselling was devised by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1950s. It’s based on the idea that clients should have an accepting, non-judgmental relationship with their counsellor, allowing the client to express their emotions and feelings freely.

Rogers view differs from the psychodynamic and behavioural therapeutic approaches in that he suggested that clients would be better helped if they were encouraged to focus on their current subjective understanding rather than on an unconscious motive or someone else's interpretation of their situation.

Rogers strongly believed that in order for a client's condition to improve therapists should be warm, genuine and understanding.  


'It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behavior - and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided'.
Carl Rogers (1986)
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