Client-centred psychotherapy

What is client-centred psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy means "the treatment of the human soul" or "treatment with psychological means" - through dialogue and psychological interventions. There are different forms of psychotherapy. They all try in different ways to recognise and treat the problems of those affected that have led to mental disorders.

Client-centred psychotherapy according to Carl R. Rogersis a humanistic psychotherapy and is based on the assumption that people fundamentally strive for self-realisation and that theycarries the solutions to its problems within itself.

Key concepts in client-centred psychotherapy are the terms self-concept and self-actualisation tendency.

The self-concept describes the way in which a person perceives, understands and defines themselves.

By self-actualisation tendency we mean the inner urge of a person to unfold their full potential and move towards personal development and fulfilment.

If the self-concept is incongruent, i.e. not consistent, and the self-actualisation tendency is blocked, this can lead to negative emotions such as frustration, shame or sadness and, in extreme cases, to mental disorders such as depression.

Client-centred psychotherapy is a process characterised by authenticity, empathy and congruence. In a non-judgemental atmosphere, the clients are supported in their own personal development. The client is supported in the self-actualisation process and their existing resources for problem solving are activated.

In this way, the clients themselves and not their problems are placed at the centre of the therapy. This allows inconsistencies in the self-concept or blockages in self-actualisation to be identified and resolved.

What does a psychotherapy session look like?

With the healing licence granted to me by the Berlin Health Authority, I am allowed to offer psychotherapy to my clients as a non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy.

  • After a preliminary discussion and a detailed medical history, a diagnosis is made if necessary and goals are defined that are to be achieved in the therapy.
  • The centrepiece of the sessions is the conversation. The clients describe their problems and points of view. I endeavour to understand the client's feelings and thoughts as accurately as possible.
  • As a therapist, I always summarise the client's statements in my own words. Through this reflection, clients gain a better understanding of their inner world.
  • I do not pass judgement or give advice. Through my mirroring, I support the client in finding an individual answer within themselves.

Who is client-centred psychotherapy suitable for?

Client-centred psychotherapy can be helpful when a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviour lead to an impairment of their quality of life and affect their ability to cope with everyday challenges. This manifests itself in symptoms such as:

  • Psychological problems: Life is experienced as a burden and no joy is felt
  • Feeling of inner emptiness
  • Lack of drive and desire
  • Exhaustion and excessive demands
  • Painful memories
  • Fears that burden or restrict you, e.g. of authorities, large places or illnesses
  • Recurring problems in contact with other people (e.g. at work)
  • Somatic complaints such as chronic pain, sleep disorders, dizziness or palpitations and shortness of breath

What is the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?

While healthy people can be supported in their everyday lives through coaching, psychotherapy is aimed at people who feel restricted in their everyday lives by their problem.

The individual level of suffering is one of the decisive factors in determining whether someone is ill. The degree and intensity of "suffering pressure" and "depth of the problem" as well as the willingness and ability to undergo psychotherapy are decisive for the success of the therapy.