The Person-Centred approach developed from the work of the Psychologist Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987). An important part of Roger’s approach is that in a particular psychological environment, the fulfilment of personal potential includes sociability, the desire to be known and to know other people. It involves also being open to experience, being trusting and trustworthy, curious to the world and creative and compassionate.
This approach is rooted on a deep respect for the person, and the belief that the relationship between the counsellor and the client is of primary importance. The environment where a person could feel free of threat would be achieved within the therapeutic relationship with a person who was deeply understanding (empathic), accepting (having unconditional positive regard) and genuine (congruent).
The Person-Centred approach challenges each person to accept responsibility for his or her own life and to trust in the inner resources which are available to all those who are prepared to set out along the path of self awareness and self acceptance.