What happens in person-centred therapy?
An empathetic approach
A person-centred approach uses empathy, gentle guiding questions and challenges, to help you understand your feelings, and help you give meaning to your personal experiences.
Development of self-awareness
Person-centred therapy focuses on the many faces of oneself, by helping you become aware of a deeper sense of self, as well as those factors which prevent you from fully being yourself.
- Sessions are usually weekly lasting 50 minutes, and like integrative Therapy, trusts that you will know how many sessions you will need
- The therapy adopts a non-judgemental and inclusive attitude, and understands individuals follow different paths
- Autonomy and the freedom to act independently, as well as realness and authenticity is encouraged in therapy sessions
The benefits of person-centred psychotherapy
You may feel low in self-worth because of the high expectations you place on yourself in order to feel Ok. Therapy challenges these rigid blueprints for living, by addressing unrealistic conditions connected to your need for self-worth and support from others.
Growing your potential
Since rigid blueprints for living can distort and limit your emotional and psychological potential,, therapy also aims to challenge those tensions between who you are, and who you aspire to be.
Change through a relationship
Change in person-centred therapy is also connected to the quality of the therapeutic relationship we co-create together. The therapeutic relationship aims to be one in which genuine and non-judgement attitudes are cultivated, alongside empathic understanding, gentle challenges, and guided exploration, rather than theory.
Which person-centred models do you use?
As well as using Egan's problem solving approach therapy, I use a person-centred approach grounded in Carl Roger's core principles based on an empathetic approach to therapy, meaning making, and the therapy relationship.
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