For me, this is a beautiful way of working because it respects you as being the person who knows yourself best - even in the midst of confusion. The Person-Centred approach was developed in the 1940s by Carl Rogers and his influential work has found its way beyond psychotherapy into health, education and peace talks and continues to be as relevant and effective today.
Rogers conducted a huge research project that found that people change and grow when they are met empathically and without judgement in the presence of someone who is genuine and real. Rarely in life do we come across someone who is genuinely able to offer this as at some point they can't help but judge, or just can't get you, or spend the time wanting to talk about themselves! You may find this helpful if you've struggled to find anyone in your life that you can explore how you really feel without having to mask or alter yourself. Ongoing research continues to show that, just as flowers need water and sunlight to grow - humans need unconditionality, warmth, genuineness and and to be understood empathically for growth to take place.
If you're coming to therapy for the first time, you may think I have all the answers. As a fellow human being, I don't! The approach instead helps you to find your own answers, which can at times be a tough journey - but one I am alongside you unjudgementally, holding a space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears and wishes. That's where I come in, genuinely able to offer these conditions, which then allows your natural healing capacity or 'growth direction' to be unleashed.
I work pluralistically which means that I actively seek your preferences understanding that just talking, important as it is, is not the only way to achieve what you are seeking from therapy. We collaborate together to potentially work with brainspotting (BSP), sand tray work, movement therapy or a range of creative resources - the important thing is that you and I co-create a relationship and a space that works for you, paving the way for you to find lasting change and opening up new possibilities.
Carl Rogers, Creator of the Person-Centred Approach