Person-centred therapy is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves.
consciously rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.
The core purpose of the person-centred approach is to facilitate the personal growth and relationships of an individual by allowing them to explore and utilise their own strengths and personal identity. A person-centred counsellor will aid this process and will provide vital support to help their client's overcome the problems that are thwarting their personal development and progress.
The three core conditions that reflect the attitude of the counsellor to a client are:
Congruence - the counsellor must be completely genuine.
Unconditional positive regard - the counsellor must be non-judgemental.
Empathy - the counsellor must strive to understand the client's point of view.