Person Centred Therapy Unpacked

Jamie from JPL Counselling unpacks Person Centred Therapy

Are you considering counselling but feeling overwhelmed by the many different approaches out there? Maybe, you’ve heard of person-centred therapy but aren’t quite sure what it entails or if it’s the right fit for you. Well, you’re in luck! I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help shed light on this therapeutic approach and how I work, making your journey toward healing and self-discovery a little less daunting.

So, find a comfy seat, grab a drink and let’s explore the mysteries of person-centred therapy and how I work together.

  • Can person-centred therapy help with anxiety and depression? Absolutely! While person-centred therapy is a non-directive approach, it provides a supportive environment that can be incredibly beneficial for individuals experiencing anxiety and depression. By fostering a deeper understanding of oneself and promoting self-acceptance, many find significant relief from their symptoms.
  • What should I expect in my first person-centred therapy session with you? Expect a warm, welcoming space where you’re encouraged to share what is on your mind at your own pace. I will focus on getting to know you and understanding your feelings. There’s no pressure to act or be a certain way; it’s all about you and what you need.
  • How does person-centred therapy handle trauma? Person-centred therapy approaches trauma with empathy and non-judgement. While it may not involve specific trauma-focused techniques like some other therapies, its supportive environment can help individuals process their experiences at their own pace, fostering healing and growth.
  • Is person-centred therapy effective for relationship issues? Yes! It enhances self-understanding and empathy, which can lead to more open, authentic communication with partners, improving relationship dynamics.
  • How do I find a qualified person-centred counsellor? Look for counsellors who list person-centred therapy as one of their approaches on their professional profiles such as the BACP or Psychology today like I do. Many counsellors also have certifications or specialised training in person-centred therapy, so don’t hesitate to ask about their qualifications and experience.
  • How does person-centred therapy differ from cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)? While person-centred therapy focuses on providing a supportive environment for self-exploration and growth, it does not advise, interpret or direct.  CBT is more directive, aiming to change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are causing problems. Both have their benefits, depending on an individual’s needs and preferences.
  • What if I don’t feel like I’m making progress with person-centred therapy? Counselling is a very personal journey, and it’s important to communicate with your counsellor if you’re feeling stuck. Sometimes, adjusting the focus of your sessions can enhance your experience and progress.  That’s why I like to conduct a review of a client’s progress every six sessions.
  • What’s the difference between person-centred therapy and other types of therapy? Person-centred therapy is non-directive and a collaborative approach, it focuses on the individual’s perspective and feelings without judgment, emphasising a supportive and understanding therapeutic environment. Other therapies might take a more directive or problem-solving approach.
  • How long does person-centred therapy typically last? The duration varies depending on the individual’s needs and goals. It can be short-term for specific issues or longer-term for deeper exploration.  I offer an open-ended number of sessions, giving you the autonomy to decide how many sessions you would like.
  • Is person-centred therapy right for everyone? While it offers many benefits, its suitability can vary depending on personal preferences and the nature of the issues being explored. It’s important to find a therapeutic approach that feels right for you.
  • How long does it typically take to see results from person-centred therapy? The timeline for seeing results can vary greatly from person to person, depending on individual circumstances, participation and what issues are being addressed. Person-centred therapy is a journey of self-discovery and growth, and some clients may notice positive changes in their outlook and wellbeing within a few sessions, while for others, deeper exploration may take longer.
  • What makes person-centred therapy different from just talking to a friend? While talking to a friend can provide support and comfort, person-centred therapy offers a relationship with a professional who is trained to listen deeply, empathetically, and without judgment and is independent from your life. I am skilled at facilitating personal growth and healing through my understanding of therapeutic techniques, providing a level of insight and support that goes beyond everyday conversations.
  • Can person-centred therapy help with issues from the past? While person-centred therapy might not focus on the past in a directive manner as some other therapeutic approaches do, it facilitates a natural exploration of the past as it becomes relevant to an individual’s current issues and feelings. This process helps clients to heal from past hurts, understand the impact of their history on their present lives, and move towards a healthier, more integrated sense of self.
  • Do you work with adults, adolescents and children in your person-centred therapy practice? My practice is dedicated to working with adults. While person-centred therapy offers valuable tools and approaches that can benefit individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents, my expertise and services are specifically tailored to meet the needs and challenges of adult clients aged 18 and above.

I hope this blog answers some of the mysteries of person-centred therapy and how I work, as it’s clear that this approach offers profound opportunities for growth, healing, and self-discovery. If you’re feeling ready to take that step, to peel back the layers of your experience and move towards a more authentic and fulfilling life, I’m here to walk that journey with you.

I’m a dedicated person-centred counsellor, deeply committed to providing a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental space where your voice is heard, and your story is valued. Registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I bring not only professional reassurance but a commitment to the ethical, compassionate practice that guides our journey together.

With qualifications that have equipped me to connect deeply and effectively, I offer counselling that’s flexible to your needs—be it face-to-face, online, or via telephone. This flexibility ensures that no matter where you are, or what your circumstances might be, support is always within reach.

My experience has taught me the unique power of truly listening and responding with empathy and acceptance. It’s shown me the transformative effect of a therapeutic relationship grounded in person-centred principles. Whether you’re navigating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or other challenges life can present, I’m here to support you with understanding and professional guidance.

Taking the step to engage in counselling can be daunting, but it’s also a brave and powerful choice towards personal growth. If you’re seeking a counsellor who values your individuality, values your journey, and offers experienced support, I invite you to reach out. Together, we can explore the path that leads to your most authentic self and a deeper connection to the life you wish to lead.

You can contact Jamie here.