What is Humanistic or Person-Centred Therapy
Person centred therapy was developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. It’s one of the most widely used models in mental health today. The person-centred approach views the client as the expert on their own experience, and as being fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth.
The aim for the therapist is to provide the ‘core conditions’ for growth and learning in the therapy – a comfortable, non-judgemental environment. The therapist must demonstrate congruence (genuineness), empathy, and unconditional positive regard with a non-directive approach. This enables clients to find their own solutions to their problems.
Person centred therapy as well as being used as a therapy in its own right is also used as the ‘bedrock’ for other therapeutic approaches such as CBT and DBT to build upon.