Empathy Zone - Counselling that inspires

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Person-Centred Approach

Person-centred counselling is unique among talking therapies as its central focus is to listen without judging and communicate with empathy. The founding father of counselling, Dr Carl Rogers said:

The ideal therapist is, first of all, empathic.

Person-centred counselling (PCC) is more about being as opposed to doing and champions the unique spirit and autonomy of individuals. It views human nature through a positive, optimistic and constructive lens. PCC thrives in the ‘here and now’ interaction between the two persons in the room.

The person-to-person therapeutic relationship is a key factor in determining the effectiveness of the therapeutic outcome. The ethos of the approach is centred on the knowledge that people have within themselves, the enormous resources needed for positive change and healing.

Rogers considered his theories to be preliminary and he expected that scientific progress would lead to revisions. Today many research areas support his theories to a large degree, e.g., systems theory (Kriz, 2008), cognitive psychology (Motschnig-Pitrik & Nykl, 2003), positive psychology (Patterson & Joseph, 2007), and the neurosciences (Lux, 2007).*

PCC is very effective in addressing:
• Anger and anxiety
• Alcohol and addictions
• Stress and depression
• Bullying and self-harm
• Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
• Loss and grief
• Loneliness and isolation

The client-centred therapist goes to work with a client - not on one!**

*Lux, M. (December 2010). The Magic of Encounter: The Person-Centered Approach and the Neurosciences. Person-Centered & Experimental Psychotherapies, Volume 9, number 4, p.276.

**Vincent, S. (2005) Being Empathic, p.41, Oxon: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd