Humanistic therapies focus on self-development and personal growth. Helping you to recognise your strengths, creativity and choice whilst experiencing the 'here and now'.
Person-centred therapy focuses on your self-worth and values. Being valued as a person without being judged can help you to accept who you are and reconnect with yourself.
It is not the kind of therapy where you will be given advice or told what to do. The person-centred therapist is often characterised as being ‘alongside’ the client on their journey of self-discovery. The counsellor is an attentive and fully present companion, and is there to help the client to make sense of, and gain perspective of, his or her experience. The person-centred counsellor trusts in the client’s own resources to work things out in the way that is best for them, and believes that the client is the ‘expert’ on their own life, not the therapist.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”
“I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each client because each has a unique story.”
Irvin D Yalom
“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.”
If you would like to learn more about the Person-Centred Approach an excellent introduction can be found in “Person-Centred Counselling in Action” by
Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne (2007, Sage, 3rd Edition).