This therapy has been recommended for depression, but can also help with other issues.
What are the different types of talking treatments?
Client-centred therapy is based on the principle that the therapist provides three ‘core conditions’ that are, in themselves, therapeutic. These are:
• empathy (the ability to imagine oneself in another person’s position)
• unconditional positive regard (warm, positive feelings, regardless of their client’s behaviour)
• congruence (honesty and openness).
The theory suggests that if these three core conditions are in place, the relationship between you and your therapist will help to you to feel differently about yourself and your life. This can then help you to make changes in your life, if you decide you want to do so. Many therapists will use aspects of the person-centred approach in combination with other therapies, for example, CBT (see below).