The Person-Centred Approach
The Person-centred Approach was originally developped by Carl Rogers. He was an american psychologist, a psychotherapist, an academic and a researcher.
His philosophy and therapeutic methods have extended the field of therapy and found various applications in pedagogy, social work, intercultural relationships…
Towards the end of his life in 1987 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
« It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried. » Carl Rogers
It is a precisely stuctured relationship between the client and the therapist, providing the client with an environment of acceptance, non judgement and understanding which helps them to have a strong experience of themselves and enables them to reach their potential.
Carl Rogers humanistic approach places trust in the individual to resolve their conflicts and genuinely respects them as they are.
The therapist’s only aim is to help them discover their potential, their real inner self beyond the external façade and beyond the « I ought to » and judgements of others.In The safe relationship at the heart of the Person-centred Approach enables the clients to live more in harmony with themseves and those around them.
« Life at its best is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed. »
From On becoming a person, Carl Rogers, 1961, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston