About person-centred therapy
I work as a person-centred psychotherapist. The person-centred approach originates from Carl Rogers from the 1940s. He believed that a helping relationship based on a particular way of being with clients, rather than being prescriptive, achieves the best outcomes.
Sometimes life circumstances can be very challenging, and we may find ourselves thinking or behaving in ways that are unhelpful. We may not understand why we feel or behave the way we do. It could be that behaviours that helped us to cope in the past no longer serve us, but we can’t find a way to break out of them. Sometimes we don’t even realise we’re behaving/thinking in ways that conflict with our best interests; we simply feel out of kilter and don’t know why.
Rogers proposed that providing the right therapeutic conditions – a genuine, trustworthy relationship, based on empathy and warm acceptance – empowers people to express their potential, be true to their very selves, and to get back on track to a life that is fulfilling and authentic.
I chose this way of working because I fundamentally believe in the positive nature of humanity – and in the worth of individuals. I also trust in the innate ability that each of us has for self-healing, resolution and growth, given the right conditions – those that Rogers proposed.
The relationship is key
An important thing to note, too, is that while there are many different counselling approaches, research has shown that it is the quality of the relationship between the client and the therapist that is most important in terms of outcomes. That’s why it is so crucial to find a therapist who you feel gets you and you can trust. To find out more about me, please see What I Offer.