Person-Centered (Rogerian)

Person-centered therapy, also sometimes called Rogerian therapy or client-centered therapy, was first developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s. Person-centered therapy borrows from humanistic approaches and is based on Rogers’ belief that all people are fundamentally good and have the ability to fulfill their potential. In person-centered therapy, clients will typically take more of a lead in sessions, with the therapist acting as a compassionate, non-judgmental facilitator. The idea is that, in the process, the client will steer their own journey of self-discovery and will find their own solutions. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s person-centered therapy experts today.

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The Person-Centered, Rogerian approach to therapy means that empathy plays a big role in how I work to support you in your process. It also means that I value authenticity and realness in our work together, as well as an unconditioned positive regard for you as my client. Non-judgement and kindness are values of my approach as a therapist.

— Mackenzie Studebaker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I offer guidance, support, and structure in therapy but I believe that my clients are the expert of their own grief and loss experiences, and that they have the ability to discover healing or restoration within themselves.

— Kathleen McHugh Akbar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Person-centered therapy is the technique that I have felt most aligned to, beginning during my internship experience during graduate school. I am empathetic and understanding in nature, and these qualities are at the forefront of person-centered therapy. I view the client as the expert and support them on their journey through personal growth and change.

— Tinisha Samuel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mansfield, TX

Following you through each session, while guiding support alone the way.

— Nikki Gorman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

By modeling open and honest communication, the therapist provides a conducive environment for clients to make decisions independently. Person-centered therapy can be beneficial to clients who are dealing with a wide range of issues, such as relationship problems, phobias, panic attacks, low self-esteem linked to depression, stress management, and trauma recovery, among others.

— Jenna Powell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I believe in treating the whole person and that the client is the expert on his/her/their own life. Regardless of other therapeutic methods used, the relationship I have with each of my clients as individuals is at the core of the personal change process.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

As a therapist I always put the client at the center of the therapeutic process. I believe that every person has the capacity for self-understanding and growth and my role as a counselor is to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for self-exploration. I want to support you in your journey towards person growth and fulfillment. Let's work together to empower you to live a life that is authentic to you.

— Scotty Gilmore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

Therapy would not exist without the relationship between therapist and client. Carl Rogers believed in exhibiting positive regard to all those who sat in front of him. The client is the expert on their own story.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

You are my focus, not the problem. You are the best expert of you, and ultimately know what is best. My role is to facilitate an environment in which clients can bring about positive change.

— Sergio Hernández, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

I strongly resonate with Carl Rogers' belief that therapy is an equal partnership between therapist and client and that each individual has the desire and capacity for personal growth. Rogers believes that for therapy to be effective it requires three core conditions from the therapist: genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy.

— Bella Kirschenbaum, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Therapy should be about you and what you are wanting. I let clients take the lead. My role is to walk beside you on your journey.

— Jessica Magnuson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Edina, MN

I have studied and practiced Rogerian counseling from my introductory counseling skills class all the way to my present clinical work. I accept my clients for who they are in each passing moment. I believe all people have inherent worth as people, and not because of any added conditions of worth. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of the counseling relationship itself to promote healing and growth.

— Braden Weinmann, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I am Person-Centered because I believe it is essential for the client to have autonomy and power in the therapeutic relationship. This means I work collaboratively with my clients about charting out their own healing.

— Jade Lore, Associate Professional Counselor in PORTLAND, OR

You are the expert of your own life and story. I'm just here to listen and guide you along the way! Whatever you want to talk about in our therapy space is fine with me- you are in charge here. I want to celebrate your joys and support you through your sorrows together.

— Raven Hoover, Mental Health Counselor in Allentown, PA

Person-Centered Theory fits my world view so I have been practicing it for most of my life but it did not know it until graduate school. As a therapist, I am genuine, authentic, empathic, encouraging, and have unconditional positive regard for my clients within session and our therapeutic relationship.

— Tanya Barnes, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor