chapter  3
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The person-centred approach

The quote above was one of the favourite sayings of Carl Rogers, the founder of the ‘person-centred’ approach. He believed that we all have the innate ability to discover and develop our own inner resources and that we can use these resources to grow and mature into physically and psychologically healthy human beings. We know better than anyone else what is best for our development. The term ‘person-centred’ indicates that the person of the client is always at the centre of therapy and not the techniques or expertise of the therapist. The sensitivity and quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client is of critical importance. If certain crucial elements are present in this relationship then clients will be enabled to find their own way forward, and will be equipped to overcome future problems as well as current ones.