Person-centred counselling is a humanistic approach created in the 1950’s by Carl Rogers. The Person Centred Counsellor believes that all human beings have within themselves extensive resourcefulness when it comes to self-development.
Rogers advocated three core conditions to facilitate a climate of growth; the congruence or realness of the counsellor, the unconditional positive regard for the client and empathic understanding. Latest research in Neuroscience confirms how empathy is imperative for right brain to right brain activity between the therapist and client, which enables the integration of new neural pathways.
The Person-Centred Approach became widely accepted as the third force in psychology, after psychoanalysis and behaviourism. It has become well known for its optimism; as it understands human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential – given the right climate or environment.