Client Centred therapy, also known as Person-Centred, places emphasis on the relationship between client and therapist. It is believed that if a favourable environment is established between the two parties, constructive change will naturally follow. The therapist provides the client with acceptance and a sense of value, and encourages them to find their own solutions by listening and empathising with their problems.
The approach of client-centred/person centred therapy dates back to the work of Professor Carl Rogers at Ohio State University. He explored the possibility that a therapist could provide help to clients by allowing them to find solutions to their own problems. He originally called this the Non-Directive approach, before adopting the phrase, ‘Client-Centred’.
Client centred therapy is part of the Humanistic school of psychotherapy. As well as Rogers, key figures of this approach included Abraham Maslow, Charlotte Buhler and Sydney Jourard. Humanistic Psychology consists of a range of concepts and theories, of which Person-Centred therapy is central. It emphasises the here and now and views the individual as a person struggling for betterment and fulfilment.
How can Client-Centred Therapy help?
This type of therapy is very widely used today. It is suitable for a wide range of issues such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety and bereavement. It is ideal for individuals who are motivated to find out more about themselves and work towards solving their issues.