Person Center Therapy


Irrefutably, in recent years there has been an influx in people seeking therapy for a multitude of reasons relating to personal growth, marital or family conflict and work dissatisfaction to name a few. One of the recognized theories of counseling today was developed by the humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s and although this new approach to psychotherapy ran contrary to the theories dominant at the time, person-centred therapy is considered one of the major therapeutic approaches nowadays, whose concepts and methods have influenced and inspired the practice of many therapists. Different types of counselors and therapists use in an eclectic way the Rogerian approach, in order to help individuals achieve personal development and growth or come to terms with specific psychological problems.
Person centred therapy is proposed by Carl Rogers, he was considered most influential therapist in 20th century surpassing Freud in a survey of therapists in 1982 (Thorne, 2006, p.65).   Carl Rogers (1928-1987) was an American psychologist who formulated a theory of personality development, through his own practice experience which lead to his development of person centred theory where he concluded that generally clients were capable of finding solutions for themselves but might benefit from supportive facilitating practitioner that is a helper rather than a directing authority figure. In this essay I will be discussing the viability of Person-Centred Therapy as an exclusive method of treatment for clients.

Carl Rodgers was born in Illinois, Chicago On January 8th 1902. The fourth of six children he was educated in a strict religious environment. His early career choices included agriculture, history and religion, giving serious thought into joining the Ministry until the age of 20 when he began to re-evaluate his life and beliefs and went into teaching. Whilst earning his MA and latterly a PhD he embarked on the field of...