Peacetalk Counselling


Person-Centred
Counselling

Edinburgh 




         "It is not that this approach gives power to the person; it never takes it away"         
                                                                               Carl Rogers

                                                   (founder of the Person-Centred approach)



 

You might well imagine all counselling to be 'person

 centred' -  and indeed practitioners of other

 counselling approaches (even technique-centered ones

 such as CBT)  often claim to be person-centred in the

 delivery of their particular therapy. 


 So what is it that distinguishes truly Person-Centred

 counselling from these other therapies; what makes it

 special?






For me, it is its relationship to trust and power. The Person-Centred therapist trusts the client to 


be the  expert in their own experience - at a time when the  client may have lost sight of this 


capacity. 



Rather than the  client trusting the counsellor to have some special  technique that will 'fix' them,


the Person-Centred  counsellor invests his trust in the client; in their  perspective and in their


resources - so enabling them find their own trust in themselves, and to act upon it.




The intent of the Person-Centred counsellor is not to fix or to patch-up the 'problem' it is to enable the client


to be both mender and maker in their own lives.




                                                                      For example:





If I notice a client seems to be experiencing  persistent, unhelpful thoughts (the issue which


CBT specifically addresses), rather than set the client homework tasks for combating these


thoughts (an approach which can make clients feel they are doing something 'wrong'); I would


flag such thoughts up - and seek to engage the client's own curiosity about what is going on


there; and collaborate with them in developing a more robust  stance towards such thoughts - out of


their own experience and understanding of themselves.



I certainly might have ideas about how they could approach this. But these would be offered as


suggestions - for the client to take up (or not) - not as prescriptions. As keys for reflection on the self,


not instructions for its 'repair' (because all of my experience tells me that that is not how it works!).



By such means, the client not only becomes less susceptible to such thoughts; they also gain


confidence in their own ability to 'right' themselves - a confidence which will then be available for


other aspects of their self-recovery.





"You are a confident companion to the person, in his or her inner world"  


Carl Rogers






My expertise as a Person-Centred counsellor lies not in the application of some external technique


  intended to 'fix' the problem - but rather in helping the client to draw upon their own deep


 understandings of themselves, enabling them to recognise and access  their own inherent capacity


for self-righting and growth. What  I offer is my familiarity with the  process of such self recovery


-  how it can be kindled, nurtured and sustained.