Person Centred Therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. The goal of Person Centred Therapy is to provide clients with an opportunity to realise how their attitudes and behaviour are being affected.
Rogers asserted that the most important factor in successful therapy is the relational climate created by the therapist's attitude to their client. He specified three interrelated core conditions.
Congruence – the willingness to transparently relate to clients without hiding behind a professional or personal facade.
Unconditional positive regard – the therapist offers an acceptance and prizing for their client for who he or she is without conveying disapproving feelings, actions or characteristics and demonstrating a willingness to attentively listen without interruption, judgement or giving advice.
Empathy – the therapist communicates their desire to understand and appreciate their client's perspective.