What is Person-Centred Therapy?
Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) has a Humanist approach to therapy. It works for people who want to find the answers to their questions and self-heal without a psychotherapist controlling their session. As a therapy that has no set topic or agenda, PCT focuses on ‘here and now’ thoughts and emotions rather than looking to the past or the future for fulfilling personal development.
Developed by American psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1950s, PCT was devised as a type of therapy that centred around the person’s experience of themselves. This idea was in direct contrast to the ‘standard’ form of treatment where the psychotherapist was the expert, issued advice, and told people what was wrong with them.
People might often seek a form of counselling or therapy that isn’t based on answering searching questions or advice on how to work through their issues. This method suits many people and works for various mental health issues, but others feel a more personal approach to self-discovery is needed, only using the psychotherapist as support. And Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) is ideal for this.
How does Person-Centred Therapy work?
PCT works by your counsellor or psychotherapist focusing on your needs or point of view rather than analysing your issues at length or delving into past experiences. It’s not for the counsellor or therapist to decide how they might treat you or change your habits or behaviours. It’s for them to understand how they can provide a good and equal relationship for you to use for personal growth or development.
Through their work, all psychotherapists should demonstrate a set of values known as ‘core conditions’. While working in all areas of counselling or psychotherapy, these conditions are vital to PCT therapy and support the person’s ability to heal themselves.
These core conditions are:
- Empathy – sensitivity and understanding of your point of view
- Authenticity – being an open, honest, and genuine person
- Positivity – creating a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space to listen without prejudice
PCT uses your natural abilities to self-heal. Working with your therapist as your equal and their ‘core conditions’, you can decide what you want to do, how you see yourself, and how you see the world around you.
PCT is a therapy for personal growth and development, and as a non-directive therapy, there’s no right or wrong, letting you decide your own answers and actions.
The benefits of Person-Centred Therapy
Using your therapist’s core conditions, PCT will empower you and take you on a journey of self-discovery.
You’ll understand how your life experiences have shaped your thoughts or feelings about yourself while allowing you to create positive change.
Other benefits PCT can offer you include:
- Improved self-awareness
- Eradicating feelings of defensiveness, insecurity, or guilt
- The ability to trust yourself
- Developing healthier personal and professional relationships
- The ability to think in the present
Ask Devon Therapy Services about Person-Centred Therapy
But PCT also relies on your therapist’s personal qualities, and Devon Therapy Services are well qualified to help you. As Exeter and Torquay specialists in Person-Centred psychotherapy, Devon Therapy Services can help you explore any important issues, giving you the support you need at every step.
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