The Person Centred Approach to Psychotherapy is based on the belief in the life force of the organism, the forces of life within the person that inherently knows what is good for them or what is the right pathway to move along, the one that will encourage them to reach their fullest potential.
This particular style of therapy sees the correct psychological environment as essential so that the child / adult feels free from physical and psychological threat.
This is not achieved through arranging the furniture or having nice lights and bright colours, it is achieved through the relationship with the therapist. The therapist, who understands the individuals needs and desires deeply; who is open hearted and who accepts them unconditionally with honesty in herself and with the other.
Carl Rogers the founder of the Person-centred approach said:
“…deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another”
Humanistic Psychology grew from the theories of Carl Rogers and of Abraham Maslow, a holistic approach if you like toward the positive side of human nature. It shows us that in order to reach our fullest potential we must have certain needs met.