by Dr. Becky Spelman on 26/07/2021
Who Benefits from Person-Centred Therapy?
Person-Centred Therapy is ideal for anyone who wants to develop the ability to form healthier relationships with others, and to become more self-confident and secure in their identity. It can help people dealing with issues including anxiety, stress, or grief, for example, and those coming to terms with issues relating to abuse or a dysfunctional relationship. Because the client takes the lead, this form of therapy is particularly good for those who are very motivated to take control of their lives.
What Happens in Person-Centred Therapy?
In Person-Centred Therapy, the client leads the way and does most of the talking, while their therapist listens in a non-judgemental fashion, occasionally restating their words with the goal of achieving clarity around what is being said, while maintaining clear professional boundaries at all times. The very use of the term “client”, in preference to “patient”, is intended to highlight their leading role in the process.
How Does Person-Centred Therapy Work?
Person-Centred Therapy starts with the premise that, because we are all different, we each need a unique approach to finding solutions and making changes in our lives. The therapist serves as a facilitator, but recognises that the client, rather than they, is the expert. Therefore, the therapist generally refrains from giving advice, but instead strives to create an environment in which the client will reach his or her own conclusions about what to do. By providing a safe space, acceptance, and empathy, and by engaging in active listening, the therapist creates a healing environment in which the client can work towards a more positive future, and better mental and emotional health.
The non-judgemental atmosphere created by the therapist is crucial to the success of this form of therapy: in other words, the client must feel completely comfortable talking about anything that comes to mind. In the process, a partnership is formed between the client and their therapist, in which both are working together towards a common goal or goals, which are determined and set by the client, and not the therapist.
Over time, this form of therapy results in a process of self-discovery, which can lead to self-acceptance and to lasting positive change, as the client steadily gains the skills they need to engage in ongoing personal growth and development.
What are the Outcomes of Client-Centred Therapy?
When a client is self-motivated and their therapist is actively engaged and empathetic, Client-Centred Therapy can lead to dramatic change, including much greater levels of congruence between the client’s idea of themselves, and their actual behaviours, greater personal understanding, fewer feelings of guilt and insecurity, greater levels of self-trust, and generally better mental health.
If you would like to talk to someone about Person-Centred Therapy in London, please get in touch with us at the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at: 020 3887 1738 or by email at: email@example.com.
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