Amy Dann Psychotherapy
|Posted on September 15, 2020 at 2:50 AM|
Person centred therapy is about creating a climate of genuine warmth, understanding and trust, in which real and deep communication is possible and there is the freedom to explore, understand and resolve the challenges that you are encountering.
It is a type of non-directive therapy, which means that rather than applying techniques or explanations to psychological distress, the therapist connects with you where you are, in whatever you’re experiencing, through empathy, unconditional positive regard, and a genuine desire to understand your unique experience from your point of view.
In person centred therapy the client takes the lead, deciding what is discussed, and controlling the speed and direction of the conversation. As your therapist, I will follow you, making sure along the way that I understand, as far as possible, the feelings you express and circumstances you describe, as you experience them. I will be my authentic self, honest and open as far as seems helpful and appropriate, in order to facilitate an open and honest environment within the therapeutic relationship.
The person centred approach was developed by the American psychologist Carl Rogers, and its central philosophy is that we all have an innate capacity for self-healing and growth – what Rogers called the “self-actualising tendency” – an inner drive towards personal fulfilment and the realisation of our own potential, however each of us may define that. He recognised that this growth-seeking drive was best facilitated in therapy by the therapist being non-directive, empathic, accepting, non-judgemental and genuine.
This does not mean there is any expectation for you to “grow” during your therapy: person centred therapy is about meeting you exactly where you are and holding space for your subjective experience, so that you can explore and reflect on what is happening for you without the pressure of meeting any external expectations.
If you would like to find out more, or if you like the sound of person centred therapy and think it might be for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.