PCT was developed, by Carl Rogers in the 40s. The person centred approach views the client as the expert within their experience, it also believes the client is fully capable of experiencing their full potential within their lives. This approach best suits clients who have a strong urge in the direction of exploring themselves and their feelings. Rogers believes that if the therapist uses what he describes are the core conditions within the therapeutic relationship that the client has the freedom and the power to discover their own potential to happiness. He believes if the therapist is congruent with the client, provides the client with unconditional regard and shows real empathic understanding of the clients they can pretty much deal with any situation as it presents itself. The emphasis is strongly put on the relationship as to the outcome of the therapeutic relationship. As the client experiences the therapist caring for all aspects of their lives, this allows growth and value to take a natural progression, as clients are real with themselves and the therapeutic process.
- Ruth Fishel