About Counselling #01
WHAT IS COUNSELLING ?

Counselling (or therapy) is a time where we can
co-create a confidential, safe and non-judgemental
space where you may address issues which may be difficult to address elsewhere.
It provides a regular, reliable meeting - usually weekly.
It's a chance to be heard clearly and to explore
the issues which may be getting in the way of you living your life as you'd like to.


Carl Rogers


WHAT IS PERSON CENTRED THERAPY ?


Person Centred Therapy (also known as Client Centred Therapy, Rogerian Therapy or Non-Directive Therapy) is a form of therapy or counselling developed by Carl Rogers (1902 - 1987) who has been described as the most influential therapist of the twentieth century.

This approach places the client at the centre of the work and has the belief that it is the relationship with the therapist that is of vital importance. After all you are the expert on your life and experience.

It has been demonstrated that an open and authentic atmosphere of respect, regard and empathic understanding will facilitate the client’s solving of problems and resolving of issues.

Understanding and prizing each person as a unique individual, with all their differences and unique experiences of life is central to this approach. We all want to be heard and understood accurately and fully. Person centred counselling has this aim at its heart.

Carl Rogers wrote many books and papers. There is a lot of information on the Internet.
I have always found him easy and informative to read. From time to time I'll post an excerpt or two. Here he is describing what he feels are the ingredients of “The Good Life”:

“I have been able to open myself to new ideas, new feelings, new experiences, new risks. Increasingly I find that being alive involves taking a chance, acting on less than certainty, engaging with life. All this brings change and for me the process of change is life. I realise that if I were stable and steady and static, I would be living death. So I accept confusion and uncertainty and fear and emotional highs and lows because they are the price I willingly pay for a flowing, perplexing, exciting life.”


He also notes this is not necessarily an easy state to achieve:

"This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life."

Those who undertake a period of counselling often remark that is has brought them closer to themselves, tending to accept themselves as being a person in process, rather than a finished piece of work !

I have answered some of the questions you might have about counselling on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If there is something more you'd like to know before arranging an initial meeting, please phone.
Phone 020.8992.5922 or email

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