In some Psychotherapuetic approaches, the therapist and their observations are deemed ‘expert’. Our person-centred approach moves away from this idea and instead trusts that human beings have an innate tendency to find fulfilment of their own personal potentials. By facilitating this, a person-centred counsellor will help you to recognise your own capacity for self-healing and personal growth.
Another key factor in this theory is the notion of self-concept. Self-concept refers to the organised and consistent set of beliefs and perceptions that you have about yourself. These form a core component of your total experience and influence your perception of the world. Person-centred counselling recognises that your self-concept can become displaced if you strive too hard to fit in and be accepted by those around you.
Typically, individuals cope with any conditional acceptance offered to them by gradually and unconsciously incorporating these conditions into their own self-image. This can lead to the development of a self-concept that consists of characterised ideas such as ‘I am the sort of person who always respects others’. Because human beings generally desire positive regard from others, it is often easier for individuals to ‘be’ this accepted, simplified type of person. To be anything else, or different could see them risk losing that positive regard from others.
Over time, a person’s identity – their personal judgements, meanings and experiences – can become displaced with the ideals of others. It is for this reason that person-centred counselling aims to help individuals to self-actualise and achieve personal growth. This is cultivated through the provision of a supportive environment where clients can strengthen and expand on their own identity and begin to separate themselves from their developed notions of how they should be.
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