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Person-centered psychotherapy (PCP)


Person-centered psychotherapy, also known as client-centered psychotherapy, is an acknowledged professional method of treatment.

It was developed by Carl R. Rogers (1902 - 1987), an American psychotherapist, in the USA in 1940. As a humanistic approach of talk therapy, it differs from other schools of psychotherapy by the following qualities.

Qualities of the PCP approach

According to Rogers, every person has the potential to constantly change and develop himself. This requires stable and positive-empathic interpersonal relationships. Negative experiences and stress, however, may disturb the (self-)awareness and development.
People who suffer, are usually in an emotional state of emergency. The inner balance has been partially or completely lost.

Carl R. Rogers coined the term “person-centered”, as his therapeutic approach focuses on the patient's subjective view of himself (his self-concept) and his world. In contrast to other methods, especially the patient himself is responsible for improving his emotional state - because he or she can.

In the therapeutic relationship the patient is accepted and understood without prejudice. In this way he can again consciously perceive feelings and develop his personality.

The person-centered method is not tied to certain guidelines or therapy techniques, but focuses on individual resources and skills. Even though problems and symptoms have emerged in the (recent) past, like all experiences, they shape life in the Here & Now. Therefore, this therapy is mainly oriented towards the present and the future.

With my therapeutic support, you will discover and realize your potential, find your own solutions and achieve the changes that are appropriate for your future.

The aim of person-centered psychotherapy process is to facilitate your self-acceptance and self-understanding, so that you will regain and improve your self-confidence, your identity and your mental well-being with your own strength.

The professionally conducted therapeutic conversation is the basis for the therapeutic relationship. The following elements are fundamental for my therapeutic attitude:

  • Empathy – sensitive understanding and honest, constructive interest in how you experience your world
  • Authenticity – I am your reflected, genuine and particularly active interlocuter and support your skills for self-help.
  • Positive regard – I accept you the way you are.

Aims of the person-centered approach

  • Alleviation of emotional suffering and psychological pain,
  • Adaption of your emotional self-awareness,
  • Support to discover suitable solutions for you,
  • Strengthening your skills & your self-confidence,
  • Working out your new personal strategies to recognize and overcome emotional strain and life crises,
  • Encouraging your personal development & health,
  • Improved self-understanding and your positive sense of change,

The therapeutic conversation

Psychotherapy means help for self-help. Through the therapeutic conversation, you practice to

  • talk about feelings and thoughts,
  • re-activate your personal resources and your personal potential,
  • be more self-confident,
  • understand and solve problems

Finding joy of life again is the aim of therapy as well as it is the measure for the success of therapy.

Through joint reflection (considerations) you will be able to get to know yourself better, look at your experiences from different perspectives and discover new opportunities & chances to change your life.

Psychotherapeutic effect – in brief

What psychotherapeutic treatment effects & why psychotherapy helps you to feel better

Mind and body are interlinked. Feeling, thinking and taking actions are processes, where information and new experiences are processed in comparison with memories. These neurophysiological processes form the individual physical and emotional condition.
Your mental health and your well-being are determined by these neurobiological processes.

Prolonged (chronic) distress disrupts (emotional) self-awareness and physiological health. Various physical and psychological symptoms as well as an impairment of sleep quality are the unavoidable consequence.

Through the therapeutic empathetic conversation self-awareness is re-activated and supported in the therapy process. By talking about problems and stress load, “blocked” processes are mobilized again. This will alleviate the complaints and reduce stress.
The aim of therapy is to regain physical and emotional balance and enable your psychological relief.

Thus, psychotherapy effects sustainable positive neurophysiological changes.