The person-centered approach, also known as person-centered therapy or client-centered therapy, is a humanistic approach to psychotherapy developed by psychologist Carl Rogers. It emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive and empathetic therapeutic relationship, where the therapist provides unconditional positive regard, empathy, and genuineness to the client.
The person-centered approach is based on the belief that individuals have the capacity for self-awareness, self-direction, and growth. It views the client as the expert of their own experience and considers their subjective perspective as valuable and meaningful. The therapist's role is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment that allows clients to explore their feelings, thoughts, and experiences, and to help them tap into their inner resources to find their own solutions and facilitate personal growth.
Here are some resources on the person-centered approach:
- "On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy" by Carl Rogers
- "A Way of Being" by Carl Rogers
- "Client-Centered Therapy: Its Current Practice, Implications, and Theory" by Carl Rogers and Richard E. Farson
- "Person-Centered Therapy: A Revolutionary Paradigm" edited by Peter F. Schmid, Maureen O'Hara, and Thomas G. Hart
- "Learning the Art of Helping: Building Blocks and Techniques" by Mark E. Young (includes a section on person-centered counseling)
These resources offer foundational knowledge on the person-centered approach, its theoretical underpinnings, and practical applications. It's important to note that while books can provide valuable insights, training and supervision from qualified professionals are crucial for developing proficiency in the person-centered approach.
If you're interested in learning more about person-centered therapy or pursuing therapy with a person-centered therapist, it's recommended to seek out a licensed therapist or counselor who specializes in this approach. They can provide personalized guidance and support based on your specific needs and goals.