As a person-centred trainee counsellor working with adult survivors of sexual abuse, I was not prepared for the client to show physical manifestations when starting to talk about past or present abuse. These physical manifestations come in many forms but uncontrollable shaking, agitation, feeling physically sick, struggling to breathe and migraines are some of the ones which I have experienced in the counselling space.

As a person-centred trainee, I have sometimes felt limited to what I can offer the client when this is happening to them, whilst wanting to stay close to Rogers’ core conditions (1957:95).

My area of enquiry is to therefore explore how person-centred therapists and trainees work with clients who are experiencing physical sensations from trauma. Do person-centred therapists and trainees find Rogers’ core conditions (1957:95) are necessary and sufficient for clients whose trauma is causing them to experience such physical manifestations? How do therapists work with this in the therapeutic space? If they do go beyond offering the core conditions, how does it sit with them from a person-centred perspective? Would they say their person-centred training was/is useful in this situation?

I would conduct the interviews online and full confidentiality will be respected. The methodology used will be IPA. I have received ethical approval from University of Warwick.

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