Empathy Zone - Counselling that inspires

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Person-Centred Approach to Counselling

The theoretical foundations of the Person-Centred Approach were laid by Carl Rogers more than 60 years ago.

Neuroscientific research findings support his theories to a remarkably high degree.

I am a seasoned therapeutic counsellor practicing in the effectiveness of the person-centred approach to therapy. It is my preferred modality because its organismic and relational aspects resonate deeply with me.

"Person-centred practice is, in its nature , organic rather than mechanical, seminal rather than technical".

I find rooting my professional focus within the natural organism refreshingly freeing. Trust in my organism's promptings supports movement towards a deeper attentive listening experience. It has taken years of exposure to various clients' expressions, reflective practice and "deep domain-specific knowledge", to calibrate my organism in such a sensitive fashion.

This is only a snapshot of my enormous efforts in gaining access, promoting and utilising my organismic valuing process. I believe that my MBACP (Accred) status reflects this endeavour more justly.

Establishing greater trust in my "organismic wisdom" is central to cultivating an empathic way of being which translates into a highly inclusive form of intimate relating. For it evolves exclusively by honouring and maintaining differences. Empathy is a non-invasive mode of engaging, which is highly respectful to clients and the darker dynamics underpinning denial processes.

An empathic way of being is both, intuitive scout and intelligence officer, allowing me to roam widely and map the confused terrain, while remaining emotionally present to the "sphere of immediacy". I believe that this differentiates me from some practitioners who distance themselves, perhaps unconsciously, from vulnerable clients, when intense emotions and feelings emerge. Highly charged emotional communication has an uncanny ability to unnerve, disturb and expose the limits of therapeutic involvement. However, emotionally sourced empathy can often lead clients, especially those fear-fuelled, to therapeutic awakening.

The development of a person-centred practitioner is about cultivating an empathic way of being with others. Be assured, the alignment of my natural and professional qualities via reflective practice has spawned my depth of empathic confidence. Reflective practice continues to inform, critically examine and enhance my competence in practising person-centred style. Moreover, reflective practice deepens intuitive intelligence drawn from the core of my organism while working within an ethical framework of accountability.