What is Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)?


Person Centred Therapy (PCT), also known as client-centred counselling, is a non-directive and less structured approach to helping you to manage your difficulties. Here at Counselling Psychology Online, we are trained Person Centred Therapy counsellors. We are based in Surrey, Somerset, Kent and Stoke, and offer online PCT remotely to individuals across the UK.  

PCT ultimately recognises that we as human beings have an innate tendency toward growth and a desire to reach our full potential. However, a lack of certain life experiences, especially those that link to our sense of self can prevent us from from achieving this. The approach was founded by Carl Rodgers in the 1940s, who had the belief that given the right conditions, individuals are able to become their true self and unlock their full potentials. He termed this state of mind as “self-actualisation” and he held the view that this was accessible to all.

A PCT therapist or counsellor will aim to help you to recognise and achieve your full potential by providing you with a set of conditions during your sessions. The areas covered will be led by the client, rather than the therapist who will adhere to the following conditions: 

Empathy: The counsellor will endeavour to experience the world as you see it, to as fully as possible understand your thoughts and feelings.

Unconditional Positive Regard: Irrespective of who you are, what you have done, what you think, the counsellor will be accepting of you.

Congruence or Authenticity: The counsellor will aim to be aware of their own thoughts and feeling during the session and communicate these to you. This not only allow you to experience a ‘real’ relationship, especially in terms of how you may impact others, but it will also, in turn, allow you to become more aware of your own thoughts and feelings and communicate these to others outside of therapy.

The Person Centred Therapy approach can also help you to:

  • Close the gap between who you are and who you would like to be
  • Understand yourself better
  • Process feelings of anger, sadness and anxiety
  • Increase your trust in yourself
  • Develop and maintain healthier relationships
  • Improve self-expression
  • Achieve healthy changes

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We understand before you start any new therapy with Counselling Psychology Online, you will have lots of questions – so we thought we would answer some of the most commonly asked ones regarding Person Centred Therapy below. Please email admin@counsellingpsychologyonline.com or telephone 07584 328192 with any other questions.

Is Client Centered Therapy the same as Person Centred Therapy?

Yes, Person Centred Therapy is also known as Client Centred Therapy. This humanistic therapy aims to help individuals overcome barriers and obstacles in order to reach their full potentials, or in Rodgers words, reach “self actualisation”.

Who is Person Centred Therapy for?

Person Centred Therapy can be suitable for a wide range of individuals. Willing to discover their abilities and reach their full potential, the therapy aims to benefit anyone who wants to gain more self confidence and a stronger sense of identity. 

How do I begin my Person Centred Therapy?

The first step is to contact Counselling Psychology Online by emailing admin@counsellingpsychologyonline.com or calling 07584 328192 when we will arrange to speak for a 15 minute free consultation. Next, if we believe that you would benefit from person centred therapy, we will determine a personalised treatment plan for you and the therapy can begin.

What do I need to start my Person Centred Therapy (PCT)?

Here at Counselling Psychology Online, most of our therapies are undertaken remotely. An interenet connection and a device with a camera is therefore necessary: this could be a computer, laptop, phone or tablet – and we use a range of different video software – from Zoom, Skype, Vsee or Microsoft Teams, so can be flexible with what works for you. Whilst we think you will gain more from having a video call, it is your choice to decide whether you want your camera on or off. 

I have been referred by my Private Healthcare Insurance, is Counselling Psychology Online registered with them?

Yes, please contact us if you have been referred by Aviva, AXA PPP, Bupa, Cigna HealthCare, Vitality Health or WPA Healthcare. Please do ask if you are covered by alternative insurance provider as some require patient details before we are able to register with them.

Person Centred Therapy with Counselling Psychology Online


We offer bespoke online Person Centred Therapy (PCT) for all different clients including adults, children, adolescents, families and couples. Counselling Psychology Online has a wealth of expereince in person centred therapy. 

Our most commonly asked questions and answers can be found on our FAQ page. For further information, or to book in your online Person Centred Therapy, please do not hestitate to contact us.