Person-Centred Counselling

Spirit Project

Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre for women

CPD Training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

About Counselling and Psychotherapy



“"Deep down within me I knew what was happening around me was not healthy. But it was not utill I saw a therapist in the Project that I finally understood:

I deserve more than what I was experiencing!


Thanks to my therapist I am now more assertive and clearer of my needs and therefore more able to live a life that i want rather than what people want"



Call us on 01773 438854 or 07903 598 324

for an informal discussion


Are you experiencing anxieties and/or depression? Or life right now feels emotionally difficult and challenging?


We can help you to become more clear, more self aware and better able to make decisions that feel appropriate to you. As Person Centred Counsellors we will not give you advice or tell you what to do, but enable you to find your own answers, supporting you whilst helping you to clarify any issues you bring into the sessions.


Here at the Practice we recognise that the process of being in Counselling might not always be easy. There might be times where the development might bring up difficult issues.


If the "journey" does get difficult we will be always there to support you throughout the difficulties. With no judgement and with confidentiality.


Confidentiality is very important to us and, in your first session, we will discuss this further, including limitations.


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About the Person-Centred Approach

"The Person-Centred Approach was developed by Carl Rogers (1902-1987).


At the heart of this approach is the basic trust in human beings and in the movement of every organism toward constructive fulfilment of its, his, or her possibilities (from Carl R. Rogers. Way of Being. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980, p.117).


Rogers stated that 'Individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and self-directed behaviour; these resources can be tapped if a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.' (from Carl R. Rogers. Way of Being. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980, p.115-117).


He pointed to three core conditions as providing a growth-promoting climate. These core conditions are: congruence, unconditional positive regard and empathy (see 'What is the Person-Centred Approach'). Rogers believed that when these core conditions are provided, movement in a constructive direction will occur in the person receiving these conditions....


...Originally described as non-directive, this therapy moved away from the idea that the therapist was the expert and towards a theory that trusted the innate tendency (known as the actualising tendency) of human beings to find fulfilment of their personal potentials. An important part of this theory is that in a particular psychological environment, the fulfilment of personal potentials includes sociability, the need to be with other human beings and a desire to know and be known by other people. It also includes being open to experience, being trusting and trustworthy, being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate.


The psychological environment described by Rogers was one where a person felt free from threat, both physically and psychologically. This environment could be achieved when being in a relationship with a person who was deeply understanding (empathic), accepting (having unconditional positive regard) and genuine (congruent).


Although initially developed as an approach to psychotherapy (eventually becoming known as client/person-centred therapy/counselling), Rogers and his colleagues came to believe that their ideas could be transferred to other areas where people were in relationships. For example teaching, management, childcare, patient care, conflict resolution.


At one level, Rogers' theory and work is very simple to describe. As many people would attest, both those using the approach and those working as person-therapists/counsellors, it can be very difficult to put into practice because the approach does not use techniques but relies on the personal qualities of the therapist/person to build a non-judgemental and empathic relationship."


The British Association for the Person-Centred Approach