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Person-centred/experiential counselling

It is often difficult to find or have space for meeting or living with the stresses, demands and difficulties coming at us or arising within us…

hand held out for another (metaphor for person-centred counselling)

Person-centred/experiential counselling is a confidential space that can offer safety when things are difficult or impossible to bear.

 

‘…relieved, temporarily, from the need to [‘take care of the inner strangers…’]…’ (David Brazier, Zen Therapy (London: Constable, 1995) 26.)

Person-centred/experiential counselling is also a space to help explore new or unknown aspects of yourself.

 

‘space is…room to grow.’ (Brazier, Zen Therapy, 23.)

hand held out helping another (metaphor for person-centred counselling)


 

sun shining through clouds (image for person-centred counselling)

 

Unwelcome distress, difficulty or dissatisfaction arise from the weight (as the aftereffects) of adjustment to expectations and values perhaps not your own. Click here for a further elaboration.

‘…[the] implicit aim of person-centred[/experiential] working is to help…[you ‘…find and…exercise more of [your]…personal power [in]…understanding and evaluating [your]…actions…and in making decisions…’].’ (Dave Mearns, Developing Person-Centred Counselling (London: Sage, 1994) ix-x.)

green field and sky with clouds (image for person-centred counselling)

 

I aim to provide or offer • an unconditional acceptance that is safe, warm and respectful of how you are and what you are   • climate conducive to being with your feelings, thoughts or what is important to you   through following your lead and trying to understand things from your point of view. (I don’t usually offer ‘advice’ or ‘firm direction’.)

Click here for more information about the way person-centred/experiential counselling may help.

‘PCE [Person-Centred/Experiential] therapies are associated with large pre-post client change [‘…maintained over…follow-ups.].’ (Robert Elliott & Elizabeth Freire, ‘The Effectiveness of Person-Centred/Experiential Therapies: A Review of the Meta-analyses’ in Mick Cooper, Jeanne Watson & Dagmar Hӧlldampf (eds.), Person-Centred and Experiential Therapies Work: A Review of the Research on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Related Practices (Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2010) 9.)


 

‘…[the] therapeutic process…develops at its own pace and in accordance with the client’s readiness to take the risks…growth…involve[s].’ (Brian Thorne, ‘Brief Companionship’, in Dave Mearns, Developing Person-Centred Counselling (London: Sage, 1994) 61.)

golden mountain with blue sky and clouds (image for person-centred counselling)

Click here for an exercise to help specify or sharpen a focus or focuses of how you may use counselling which   • consists of completing (or rating) one, two or three forms that can be re-completed (or re-rated) at regular intervals (eg every two to four meetings) either  • online (before we meet), or  • when we meet (either alone or together)   

• can be initiated before we meet or at a later time (eg in perhaps our first, second or third or perhaps fourth meeting).

 

Additional resources such as ‘…self-help group[s and]…education[/relevant information]…’ may also be important or helpful (Charles Whitfield, Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (Florida: Health Communications, 1987) 142).


 

‘…although distress may ease quickly pattern change takes time and determined work.’ (Godfrey Barrett-Lennard, The Pathway of Client-Centred Therapy (Paper presented to the First International Conference on Client-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy, Leuven, Belgium, 1988) 5.)

Three meeting patterns I have found clients tend to use:

1 meeting

meeting once per week or two weeks 3 to 5 times then

ending, or

meeting once per two/three/four weeks around 6 to 8 times then

ending, or

meeting around once per month/two months

meeting once per week or two weeks

‘The person-centred counsellor…is a guest within the client’s world of experience.’ (Mearns, Developing, ix.)