How I Work

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" (Rogers, 1961).

The rationale for my work is based on the Rogerian (1957) premise that is if a counsellor is able to facilitate a client with a certain type of relationship then personality change, in the client, will follow. It is, therefore, my intention to create a therapeutic relationship based on the conceptualisation of Rogers (1961) understanding that the mainspring of creativity is the human tendency to become the sum of ones parts.  This belief is reflected in my striving to create a non-directive approach to practice which places optimum opportunity for the client to psychologically expand, extend, develop, and mature, at the centre of the therapeutic experience. This aspect is reflected in the belief that the person-centred relationship facilitates psychological healing, in the client, because it can provide the conditions under which, the true self may be released and experienced.

Ideally, as a result of feeling valued, understood, and unconditionally accepted the client may move from a rigid self-structure towards a flowing process, on a continuum of change. The client-led pathway reasons that ‘being that self that one truly is’ may not be a process which is ever completed; It does, however, accept  that it can be a continuing way of life (Rogers, 1961).

Rogers, C. (1957). The necessary and sufficient conditions of therapeutic personality change. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 21, 95 – 103.
Rogers, C. (1961). On Becoming a Person. A therapists view of psychotherapy. London: Constable. pp. 119, 125-159, 351.