INTRODUCTION 

Person-Centred counselling (originally called Rogerian counselling) fifty years on from the findings of Carl Rogers continues to evolve. 
 
Further concepts have been outlined by Dave Mearns, Brain Thorne, Alan Turner and Tony Merry who continue to contribute to the growth of the person-centred culture. With emphasis on the development of our relationship it is essential that particular elements are present in a counselling session. These may be:- 
 

EMPATHY (CARING) 
UNDERSTANDING YOU 

As a counsellor it is important for me to be able to have an understanding of how the situation really is for you at this moment in time.  
 
In each session I follow what you are saying occasionally checking out that my understanding is correct and focusing on certain information you wish to explore. 
 
 
 
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CONGRUENCE 
(GENUINE, HONEST & CARING) 

As your counsellor I am expected to be myself and not hide behind a mask. Taking this stance it conveys a message to you the client that it is okay to be yourself in the safety of the counselling room.  
 
As the counsellor I should be transparent, discouraging the notion that I am an expert or superior to you or your problems.  
 
 
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UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD (NON-JUDGEMENTAL) FOR YOU BY ME 

To offer a space that is free from judgement or retaliation may be unusual in society today as a generalisation we are more likely to criticise a situation or person than offer praise.  
 
As the counsellor I am expected to convey acceptance and be non-judgemental. This helps to create an environment where you, the client feel that it is okay to explore the negative feelings and explore issues that need to be voiced without the fear of reprisal from loved ones or others. 
Highlighted above are the three “Core Conditions” of the Person-Centred ethos. These concepts help you as a client to address any contradictions to how you think and feel about any given situation. 
 
It is important to have the first assessment session to see if you are happy to work with me as your chosen counsellor. If you feel happy with your selection, the core conditions follow naturally and create a space for possibility – the possibility for change. 

 

 
 
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