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Person-Centred Counselling at our Glasgow centre

We are delighted to offer Person-Centred Counselling at First Psychology Centre, Glasgow. Person-Centred Counselling is one of the most well-known and popular approaches practised by counsellors, psychotherapists and some psychologists.

What is Person-Centred Counselling?

The person-centred approach to counselling and psychotherapy was developed in the 1940’s and 1950’s by Carl Rogers, who argued that when clients are able to ‘direct’ the therapy themselves they generally make better progress than when they are told what to focus on and what to talk about.

It emphasises the quality of the relationship between the client and counsellor or therapist, seeing this as the most important thing helping a client get things off their chest and determine the right way forward for themselves. It does not involve being given advice or being told what to do by someone else. The person-centred counsellor, psychologist or psychotherapist works to help the client learn to trust themselves and realise their potential.

How does Person-Centred Counselling work?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists using the person-centred approach work to offer clients an understanding approach that is non -judgemental and honest/friendly. The main focus of the counselling is decided by the client, who is able to discuss what might help. The counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist facilitates the process by asking questions and helping the client clarify what they think and how they feel. Research has shown this process is effective for a wide range of problems and issues.

What kind of clients does person-centred counselling suit?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists using the person-centred approach work with a wide range of clients on many different issues. It is often popular among clients who enjoy the freedom to talk about things they wish in a context that is supportive and facilitative, rather than those wishing very specific techniques or tips to manage things.

What issues/problems are suited to person-centred counselling?

Common issues people choose to work on in with a person-centred counsellor or psychotherapist are: low mood, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, transitions in life, addictions, sexuality and anger issues among others.

How long does person-centred counselling last?

It depends. There is no fixed number of sessions when working using a person-centred approach. This is normally determined between the counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist and client as part of the ‘contract’. Some people come to counselling for a short period, such as six sessions, others come for a longer period depending on their needs and wishes.

How do I find out more information or book an initial session?

To find out more about person-centred counselling and its underlying theory. Click here for a chapter from Professor Ewan Gillon’s book on Person-Centred Counselling Psychology. 

To ask us any questions about Person-Centred Counselling or to book an initial session with one of our experienced practitioners in Glasgow, please contact us.