Person-centred/humanistic counselling is a supportive form of therapy where you are given the space and safety to share your concerns. Person-centred/humanistic counselling is based on the philosophy that individuals are full of potential for growth. Given the right conditions, people are all capable of being loving, creative and knowledgeable. Humanistic therapy evolved in the 1950s and 1960s in the USA as part of a ‘human potential movement’. Carl Rogers posited core conditions of unconditional positive regard, congruence and empathy which are central to a person-centred approach.
What does person-centred/humanistic counselling look like in practice?
A person-centred counsellor will ask questions which lead you to deep discoveries about your feelings, your blind spots, your needs and your hopes. Person-centred counselling forms the backdrop to all our counselling work. Your therapist will be empathic, understanding, supportive and non-judgemental.
Person-centred counselling at Harley Therapy™, London
One of the foundations of training as a psychotherapist or counsellor will be exposure and practice in a person-centred approach. Most of our therapists will have experience in offering a person centred approach, and some specialise in it specifically. Call us to find out more.
Further reading on person-centred counselling
- Mearns, David & Thorne, Brian (1999) 'Person-Centred Counselling in Action'. Sage Publications
- Are you a good listener? Learning from Rogers' Person-Centred Counselling theory
- Which type of therapy is right for me? How to choose between different therapy approaches