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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A subset of Humanistic Therapy; Person-Centered Therapy relies on the relationship between you and me to help you rediscover your true identity. I do not find that judging you for your actions will help you in any way. Only through support and empathy can you really discover your true self.

— Kyle Stepler, Counselor in Greenwood, IN

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, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I believe fully seeing someone and giving them the space and acceptance to be who they are is central to human connection and therefore, the foundation of all therapy.

— Steffanie Stecker, Counselor in Englewood, CO

Person-centered therapy is important because I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the main healing component. How many times have you met a therapist or helping professional that you didn't connect with or trust entirely? I'd go out on a limb and say that the therapy wasn't effective or you didn't go back. I know this well, I've done it myself as a client. Building rapport takes time and patience, but I truly believe that it is the catalyst to all healing.

— Patrick Casale, Counselor in asheville, NC

Person-Centered therapy started early in my training and education and found that it has been a very effective foundation for treatment. I believe mental health treatment should be about you- where you choose your own goals. This approach allows you the ability to make choices for your treatment. We will develop specific goals for your needs and spend time reviewing preparedness for them as well as aiming for goals within your reach.

— Sheilagh McGreal, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester,

“Starting where the client is”—this forms the basis of Rogerian therapy. You set the agenda for what we discuss during your sessions. I am there as a catalyst of change and help you to clarify your feelings and thoughts. I help you to connect with yourself in a deeper and more authentic manner. This is a very gentle approach to therapy.

— Alexandra Burg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cleveland Heights, OH

Taking on the role of a coach or a guide, helping the client to find methods of change for themselves. This process has helped the client to boost their self-esteem, improve their sense of self-worth, and empower & trust themselves them to make healthy decisions.

— Edwyna Piert, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, 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.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR