The person-centered approach to counselling belongs to the humanistic school of therapy, and was devised by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist. In the 1950s, Rogers proposed a form of therapy that focused on the clients' experience of themselves, as opposed to the counsellor being an expert and telling them what to do, or what was wrong with them.
The Key Features of the Person-Centered Approach
Empathy (the counsellor trying to understand the client’s point of view)
Congruence (the counsellor being a genuine person)
Unconditional positive regard (the counsellor being non-judgemental)
Person-centered therapy harnesses the client's natural self-healing process. To this end, person-centered therapy is a personal growth model also known as non-directive therapy. The client is not taught the model of therapy or asked to undertake homework.
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