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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My primary foundation of psychotherapy is within the realm of person centered, or Rogerian style therapy. With person centered therapy, the therapist offers a safe, trusting, and comfortable environment for the client to explore their challenges. The therapist acknowledges that the client knows themselves the best, and the therapist is there to help the client through validation and support.

— Nick Ulrich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fullerton, CA

Person-Centered (Rogerian) counseling is an approach created by Carl Rogers who is the founder of humanistic psychology. This approach puts the client in the lead as the expert. The client knows best about themself and is the guide through the process of change. The counselor follows the lead of the client and puts themself in the shoes of the client to better understand their needs.

— Shannon Smith, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Delray Beach,

I believe you are the expert of you. I value an egalitarian therapeutic relationship which means that I see myself as a teammate committed to helping you connect to your inner wisdom and strengths so that you can live in more alignment with your values–authentically and vibrantly.

— Lindsay Schneeberger, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

At the heart of counseling, I aim at developing therapeutic relationships with others. I believe the therapeutic relationship is crucial to your experience as a client. To build that relationship, I meet you where you're at with unconditional positive regard, empathy, genuineness, and acceptance. I believe that these components allow us, as humans, to feel safe without judgment and to be able to explore and process our experiences with another person.

— Blake Crooks, Counselor in Asheville, NC

My style as a therapist centers my clients and their needs. I want your needs to be met in each and every session, and over time as we work toward meeting your goals. This means I trust you to make the best choices for yourself both in and out of the therapy session, and will be by your side as a support as you learn along the way.

— Emilie Cleaver, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I believe that the most important thing you can do for a client is to be there for them and develop a special connection, which helps facilitate growth and change.

— Cheryl Cantrell, Licensed Professional Counselor in , SC

Person-centered therapy is a collaborative approach between therapist and client. As the name sounds, it is very much focused on the individual and their goals. The belief of person-centered therapy is that everyone has the capacity to fulfill their own potential through personal growth and change. Essentially, you are the one that holds the power to make positive changes in your life and my role is to help you learn new skills and strengthen current ones to support that.

— Jessica Aron, Clinical Psychologist in WHITE PLAINS, NY

The main tenets of Rogerian therapy are unconditional positive regard, empathy, and authenticity. Providing unconditional positive regard means I don't judge what a patient tells me about themselves. This allows for an environment of healing. Providing empathetic care allows me to understand your experience from your point of view and see patterns you may not be aware of. By functioning authentically, I model self-acceptance, honesty and congruence to allow patients to do the same.

— Lauren Bartholomew, Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA

From Good Therapy: "This type of therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as expert and moved instead toward a nondirective, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process. The therapy is based on Rogers’s belief that every human being strives for and has the capacity to fulfill his or her own potential." This form of talk therapy is used more often than not and allows the client to express themselves openly and without judgment.

— Kenneth Nelan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mequon, WI

Person-Centered therapy works to empower you and motivate you in the therapeutic process. Instead of viewing you as flawed, person-centered therapy focuses on your ability and desire for change and personal growth. Focusing on compassion and a nonjudgemental approach, you can focus on your journey of self-discovery and find your own solutions.

— Emmily Weldon, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The basis of my eclectic orientation is person-centered techniques. I highly value the therapeutic relationship and space as critical to helping people make the progress that they are wanting to make. I like fostering a relationship where individuals can be themselves and really get to the bottom of what is wrong.

— Jorge Flores, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I believe in meeting each client exactly where they are. My approach is person-centered expressive arts therapy.

— Julie Collura, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

This was my primary focus in Graduate School. I believe building the client-therapist relationship first is central to accelerating therapy. I am committed to the unconditional positive regard foundation of this therapy.

— Jaclin Belabri, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

The humanistic approach is the keystone to any good therapy. I hope to be able to be there for you in a personal way that incorporates a compassion and intuition that feels right for you.

— Jose Feliciano, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in La MESA, CA

You're the expert on your own story. I'm here to learn your story so that I can best support you.

— Gianna Rico, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD