Person Centred Approach was introduced by Carl Rogers (January, 8 1902 - February 4, 1984) an American psychologist and one of the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology.  His person-centred approach is a unique approach to understanding personality and human relationships.  It has found wide application in counselling, psychotherapy, education and health care.

It is based on the premise that every human being is continually striving to fulfil it's potential - the ways and manner in which it goes about trying to do this, will be strongly influenced by the conditions it finds itself in and the experiences it has previously had.  Rogers identified some 'core conditions' which support this tendency 'to become' and it is now widely recognised that the most important factor in successful therapy is the relationship created by the therapist, to include:
  • congruence - a willingness to relate to clients without hiding behind a professional or personal facade
  • unconditional positive regard or genuine warmth - conveying acceptance of difficult feelings or chosen actions
  • empathy - the desire to truly understand and appreciate the client's perspective and experiences.
In the following video, Carl Rogers describes this: