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Individuals who choose a person-centred therapy counselling approach will work towards peeling away layers of defenses to be able to find congruence between themselves and their experiences. The person-centred therapy principles rely on the belief that every person has a basic self, which must be sought out, recognized, valued, respected and followed in order to live an authentic life. If individuals are able to manage their emotions more easily and trust what their inner self is telling them, they will be able to heal.
Therapists who work with this counselling approach believe that people tend to push aside their true inner feelings. When that happens, individuals become a construct of society and their lives are then shaped by the ideals of others. Often it is like there are two people living in one individual: the one which one truly is and the one that is dictated by others.
Roots of Person-Centred Therapy
Carl Rogers developed the person-centred therapy counselling approach. He discovered that the underlying question all individuals in counselling ask is: “who am I really?” He believed people want to discover their basic identity and purpose. This approach is considered a founding work in the humanistic school of psychotherapies, which is one of the major school groups.
I am still feeling more relaxed. Work is busy but definitely more manageable. ” – Pat 2010
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