Person Centred / Humanistic

What is the Person or Client Centred/Humanistic Approach?

The Person-Centred or humanistic approach as it’s sometimes coined was developed by Carl Rogers in the early 1900’s. At the time it was seen to be revolutionary and forward thinking.  His work has inspired the movement away from the therapist being seen as the expert to the client being an expert.

The most important part of this theory is that the client should be free from dangers or threats.  Rogers provided his clients with a therapist who has a deep understanding (empathy), was accepting (unconditional positive regard) and genuine (congruent).  These are the 3 main core conditions you should expect from any person centred therapist, although originally there were more.

For more information on the Person or Client Centred/Humanistic Approach – please visit BAPCA.