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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I prefer an egalitarian approach where you and I create a space together that allows for open, honest communication, exploration and understanding.

— Gina Holden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I believe that people need their therapist to be empathic and on their side. This means that I will always honor where you feel your journey needs to go and validate your experiences.

— Amanda Kimbrell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hendersonville, TN

I believe a person-centered approach is at the core of all counseling. Through coursework, I studied Rogerian therapy and incorporate these principles into every client session.

— Juli Walchuk, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I believe every person knows on some level what they need and the steps they need to take to find healing or create change. Each person also knows what they are ready to address past traumas or current struggles. I respect each person's process and knowledge of themselves and experiences. Sometimes simply having a place to process our emotions, explore our inner workings, and affirm our experiences lead to breakthroughs.

— Heather Romero, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

My doctoral studies and training focused extensively on classical, Client-Centered theory and therapies in the tradition founded by Carl Rogers. I teach Person-Centered therapy at the graduate level, contributing to clinical research and international conferences.

— Travis Musich, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL

You are the expert of your own life and story. I'm just here to listen and guide you along the way!

— Raven Hoover, Mental Health Counselor in Allentown, PA

The relationship between the client and their therapist is a crucial role in how the client is able to achieve their goals. Believing in yourself is a powerful tool to have and I hope throughout our therapeutic journey you are able to achieve that. Each client knows themselves the best and I find that it is important for each client to feel heard and understood. In utilizing person centered therapy I provide empathetic understanding, congruency and unconditional positive regard.

— Kayla Kalousdian, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Therapy with me will be centered on your unique personal goals. I am here to help you set goals and be your cheerleader as you make the positive changes in your life that I know you can make.

— Jeni Allton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I was trained in person-centered therapy while in graduate school. I have studied Rogerian concepts and truly believe in the approach of holding space for client's to process their feelings in attempts to achieve their self-actualizing potential. I try to embody the core concepts of empathy, genuineness, and non-judgmentalness in my work and in my life.

— Javier Moreira, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Person-centered therapy, also referred to as Rogerian therapy, was developed and cultivated by psychologist Carl Rogers from the 1940s through the 1980s. The aim of person-centered therapy is to facilitate a client's innate drive toward personal growth and "self-actualization." This is done by providing the conditions now generally recognized by other therapeutic methods as necessary for change, including unconditional positive regard, therapist congruence (genuineness), and empathic understanding. Rogers is quoted as having said "I can't make corn grow, but I can provide the right soil and plant it in the right area and see that it gets enough water; I can nurture it so that exciting things happen. I think that's the nature of therapy."

— Barton Shulman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

I meet my clients where they are at, always. I focus on building a strong therapeutic rapport as well as focusing on the strengths of my clients and their internal drive for healing and change.

— Amber Lynn Connell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hatboro, PA

Person-centered therapy is based on the belief that we all hold within us deep knowledge of ourselves and powers of healing, given the right circumstances. In therapy, you will feel my unconditional positive regard, accurate empathy, and my authentic self, all as the foundations of our therapeutic relationship. Therapy is unlike your other relationships, but it can be a foundation for you to make your own positive changes.

— Erica Mahoney, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Clients always lead the way in my practice. I will help you find your own solutions and support your agency. You are the expert of your own life.

— Ginger Grey, Counselor in Spokane, WA

I use a mix of approaches. Because each client is unique, and every situation is different I like to build rapport with a person-centered approach. This allows us to become comfortable with one another and the client can get an idea of my style to see if they feel that I am someone they can work with. I believe that each of us is the expert in our own life and so using a narrative approach can be very helpful.

— Jacinta Wills, Licensed Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA

I have training and experience using this treatment modality and I believe in approaching counseling with the whole person in mind and not just the presenting concern.

— Alicia McDonald, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Columbus, OH

At the heart of my practice I am a person-centered clinician. It is based on the idea that the client knows what is best, and that the therapist's role is to facilitate an environment in which the client can bring about positive change. I facilitate a client through the process by listening, counseling, and allowing for the client's transformation

— Joy Serednesky, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Poland, OH

When we meet, I start building the therapeutic relationship with clients by asking questions and discussing how they see themselves and their situation. I may have ideas for a plan to help them meet their goals, but what's most important is to meet them where they are and stay focused on their priorities and expectations. I'm continuously doing my best to reflect and check my own biases to ensure I remain nonjudgmental in my interactions with my clients.

— Kayce Hodos, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NC

I gravitated toward this theory in my education and training and it has been my main approach in my work since.

— Mariah Dancing, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA