Carl Rogers (1902-1987) developed the Person Centred approach to therapy. He believed that therapy would be of best value to a client if the therapist was warm, accepting, understanding and genuine as opposed to a behavioural or analytical approach favoured by more traditional therapies. He believed that if the client worked with the therapist in the present moment rather than in the past or accepting the views of another he/she could find within himself the solutions to his/her current emotional difficulties.
Rogers 1986 “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.”
By accepting the client as he/she is, by not being judgmental about them the client begins to accept him or herself as they are, this is when they can change.
‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change’
Carl Rogers (1961) On Becoming a Person
Who can it help?
- Loss and grief
- Relationship difficulties
- Work related issues
- Emotional health
- Physical Health
- Parenting difficulties
- Personal development
Gillian believes that the relationship between herself and her client is fundamental to the success of the therapy. Her aim is to build an emotionally safe, confidential space where her client can share their problems.