Mental Health Blog 1

Welcome to what we hope will be a regular monthly blog about Mental Health in York. Each month we will be looking at a different subject area. It is hoped that this blog will help to increase the knowledge of what different types of therapy are available.

The York LGBT Forum helps to manage two mental health groups
York Mind LGBT Group and York Mental Health Peer-Support Group

This month we will be talking about Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)
Some key notes for PCT

  • It is based on the client-therapist relationship
  • The client is at the centre
  • It is non-directive meaning the counsellor will not ask direct yes and no questions but will use terms such as how, what, where and uses your own words to reflect back?
  • It is based on feelings and emotions
  • There are 6 key aspects to developing the client – therapist relationship but most will condense this to 3 also known as the core conditions, Unconditional Positive Regard, Congruence and Empathy.
  • PCT therapist believe that human beings have an actualising tendency. An important part of this theory is that in a particular psychological environment, the fulfilment of personal potentials includes sociability, the need to be with other human beings and a desire to know and be known by other people. It also includes being open to experience, being trusting and trustworthy, being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate.
  • PCT research has shown it is equally as effective treatment for depression and anxiety as other therapies
  • The most famous example of this therapy in action is with Gloria and Carl Rogers
  • PCT tends to be a long term therapy 1 year – 2 years
  • PCT is becoming more available in the NHS
  • Lots of charity based counsellors use this method
  • It is the basis of most social work, nursing and therapist training
  • They emphasis that it is the relationship is essential for healing
  • If you go private we advise you would seek a therapist registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)  or a therapist who has practised for 5 years or more
  • PCT was developed by Carl Rogers and has been developed by Mearns and Thorne in recent times
  • They do not focus on your problems and come up with strategies. They stay in the here and now and believe that people have a natural instinct towards growth
  • This type of therapy needs someone who is psychological contact, what they mean by this is that you are present enough to know what is happening.

LGBTQIA+ and Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)

There are limited articles on LGBTQIA+ and Person-Centred Therapy this is not surprising as it is only recently that PCT started to do research, however, this article is an interesting read