What is Humanistic Psychology?

Humanistic psychology focuses on each individual's potential and stresses the importance of personal growth, to be all that we are capable of being. The fundamental belief of humanistic psychology is that people are innately good and that psychological and social problems result from deviations from this natural tendency.

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What is person-centred counselling?

Person-Centred Counselling is a humanistic approach developed by Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987). It trusts in the innate tendency of human beings to grow and achieve fulfilment in all aspects of life. This includes being open to experience, trusting of others and being trustworthy; also being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate.

Central to this counselling approach are the core conditions offered by the counsellor; Empathy, Congruence and Unconditional Positive Regard.

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Is counselling right for me?

People come for counselling for many reasons, primarily because they are unhappy about an aspect of their life. This might be linked to relationships, unhealthy patterns of behaviour and/or a deeper yearning to lead a more fulfilling and happier life.

What sorts of records are kept and how are they used?

I work in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical guidelines; as such I maintain a strict code of confidentiality. Records on clients are kept in a secure location. Information about clients is only shared with my supervisor or with other bodies if the client is at risk of harming self or others. In such cases sharing of details would normally be discussed with the client to gain consent.

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How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on the complexity of issues initially presented and the on-going support you feel you need.

In counselling there will be opportunities for you to review how the counselling is going and if and how you wish to proceed.