What do I mean by client-centered, or person-centered? For me it expresses the primary theme of my whole professional life, as the theme has become clarified through experience, interaction with others, and research. The theme has been used and found effective in many areas, until the broad label “a person-centered approach” seems the most descriptive.
The central hypothesis of this approach can be briefly stated. It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes, and self-directed behavior–and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.