Person-centred counselling has a humanistic philosophical basis which values individual perceptions and recognises that we all experience the world in different ways.
The counsellor provides 3 ‘core conditions’ which facilitate client growth:
- a deep and imaginative level of empathy for the client’s experience
- the acceptance of the client - a non-judgemental attitude
- a genuine willingness to ‘walk alongside’ the client.
I also use techniques and ideas from other humanistic models (Gestalt, Psychosynthesis, Transactional Analysis) as and when appropriate. All research on the efficacy of counselling has pointed to the quality of relationship between counsellor and client being paramount. I put this at the top of my priorities.