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.

Meet the specialists

My undergraduate and graduate education in social work provided extensive training on person-centered therapy. I draw on this approach to empower clients and to encourage self-determination both in their counseling sessions and in their lives. I provide a compassionate and empathetic environment which enables clients to discover their many strengths and use them to meet their goals.

— Chelsea Kazmier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Satellite Beach, FL

No matter what, I am here to support and accept you. I offer encouragement and strength as we navigate through your struggles together. You may have made some bad decisions in your life, but that doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.

— Lisa Epstein, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Garland, TX

I believe that you have strength, potential, resilience and wisdom inside of you, and that stressful or traumatic experiences can send us spiraling into our most basic fight-or-flight responses. As a person-centered therapist, I provide a non-anxious, non-judgmental presence, empathy, and support your goals, rather than pathologizing or giving a lot of advice. I believe in your inherent potential for growth and change & the strength of the therapeutic relationship to help you on your journey.

— Sara Kerai, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC

From both an academic and personal standpoint, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a key factor for healing and recovery. I create an open, non-judgmental space where clients feel unconditionally accepted and embraced. Therapy is a place where clients can express sadness, anger, hopelessness, and even jealousy - I will continue to see and believe in their potential. I balance this warmth with light humor and honesty that integrates the whole person throughout therapy.

— Stephanie Renny, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I have been trained to help you determine whether to adapt to or accept situations by the way you interpret your emotions, cognitions, and behaviors. This helps you bring meaning to your life which leads to self-actualization. I have been helping people grow, develop, and learn to be autonomous. My non-directive approach here provides awareness to you through reflection and by helping you with effective information processing.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in ORLANDO, FL

A person-centered approach was one of the core tenants of my graduate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I believe in the individual's ability to determine and enact what is in their own best interest, and that the therapist's role is to support this capacity.

— Jessica Gioia, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

I believe that therapy should be client-directed. Using Rogerian therapy, I am able listen in an unbiased, nonjudgemental manner, letting you tell me about what is happening in your life. I strive to create an empathetic environment that allows you to explore and find the answers to many of the struggles you may be facing. I want you to feel at your most comfortable when we are meeting.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR

I use person-centered therapeutic approach with nearly everyone I see. The needs of the client are the basic form of this approach, and direction of sessions are driven by the client. By nature, I am very empathetic, genuine, and patient, which are primary to this approach.

— Deborah Vara, Counselor in Warrenton, VA

Throughout my clinical work, I have approached clients from a person-centered perspective. I believe that a large part of change in therapy occurs through growth in the therapeutic relationship. I approach each client with unconditional positive regard, and I'm constantly asking, "What happened to you" instead of, "What's wrong with you?" I have found that through our mutual authenticity, growth and change happen.

— Hannah Lingafelt, Therapist in Asheville, NC

Person-centered therapy seeks to facilitate a client's self-actualizing tendency, "an inbuilt proclivity toward growth and fulfillment", via acceptance (unconditional positive regard), therapist congruence (genuineness), and empathic understanding.

— Clinton McRay, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

I truly believe we each hold the key to own own healing. I also believe that life is full of experiences that shape the way we perceive ourselves and relate to others, sometimes creating patterns that impede growth and that are difficult to change. As a therapist, I focus on the power of the therapeutic relationship: the healing power of empathy, acceptance and caring. I use intentional responses to support clients to better understand and process present and past experiences.

— Katrina Thatcher, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

When working with clients I believe that it’s important to look at the whole context of life – family, work, finances, physical health – as well as broader currents in society – the pressures to be successful, or to achieve a certain lifestyle – in order to understand how problems have formed.

— Peter Rivkees, Counselor in Clermont, FL