Within the person-centred approach, the client is considered the best authority on their own experience, and is viewed as being fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth. It recognises, however, that to achieve this potential favourable conditions are required. Under adverse conditions, however, individuals may well not grow and develop in the ways that they feel they should.
The counsellor or psychotherapist using this approach works to understand experiences from the clients point of view, valuing the client and helping them feel accepted and better understood – essentially helping them to reconnect with their own values and sense of self-worth. This reconnection enables them to find their own way to move forward.