Wales Counselling uses person centeredness as a base in the process of counselling

Claire McCluskey
M.Sc. B.A. Relate Cert C.C.
Registered Counsellor BACP & UKRC

Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3PL
07551 529 386

Person Centred Counselling

The central truth of Person Centred Counselling is that the client knows best. Person Centeredness is a way of being, rather than a way of practicing. It is a non directive approach based on the work of Carl Rogers.

The counsellor believes the client has within them, vast resources for development. The counsellor, by being genuine, accepting and empathic hopes to help the client realise their potential (self actualising).

These are Carl Rogers's core conditions:

The six conditions for psychological growth are

Person Centred counselling holds that the therapeutic relationship is crucial to the process and is the therapy.

I endeavour to work using the core conditions and believing the relationship between client and counsellor is crucial to useful change.

It is especially helpful to form a safe base for work, although other theoretical approaches are usually used as well. This is because Person Centred counselling is a theory of "within" the person.

With relationship issues it is helpful to use theories which focus on "between" for example psychodynamic and systemic.

My first counselling training was in Person Centred Counselling and I find this a good base to work from.

Source: Mearns Thorne Person Centred Counselling in Action
Casemore Person Centred Counselling in a Nutshell