(for more information go to our comprehensive guide to Person-Centred Therapy in London)
Person centred counselling (also known as people centred counselling and humanistic counselling) evolved in the 1950s and 1960s in the USA as part of a ‘human potential movement’. It is a supportive form of therapy where you are given the space and safety to share your concerns. Unlike other therapies, person centred counselling is led by the client and what they want to talk about, instead of by questions posed first by the therapist.
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.
A Person-Centred Counsellor will listen to what you want to discuss, an only then ask questions which lead you to deep discoveries about your feelings, your blind spots, your needs and your hopes. Your therapist will be empathic, understanding, supportive and non-judgemental.