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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Person-centered therapy is based on Carl Rogers’s belief that every human being strives for and has the capacity to fulfill his or her own potential. The person-centered therapist learns to recognize and trust human potential, providing clients with empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate change.

— Alex Tsai, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN CARLOS, CA

I embody a Person-Centered approach as I take a non -judgmental approach to our sessions and will try not to interpret what you say, but rather will attempt to fully understand your thoughts and feelings. When you hear your own words repeated back to you, you may then wish to self-edit and clarify your meaning allowing for growth in our sessions. I embrace silence as a tool in therapy, not as something to be challenged or fixed.

— Tiffany Pardo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vacaville, CA

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Person-centered therapy is considered client-centered therapy where through the theraputice process the client will become open to experience, learn to trust themselves, develop an internal evaluation of themselves and have a willingness to continue growing. The client will be able to obtain clarity, insight, and awareness about their struggles and develop effective techniques to manage them.

— Tristin Malone, Therapist in Laurel, MD

I mostly used a person-centered approach when working with clients. This mean that I like to meet my clients where they are and help support them as they work through their self-discovery and self-actualization. I believe that all people have the ability to grow and change, and I hope to provide a safe, judgement-free and nurturing environment to allow this to happen.

— Amanda Baquero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

“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, OH

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

This journey begins with YOU, not your problems! Person-centered is a treatment modality that empowers individuals of all ages to put forth the effort in creating their own independence. Independence allows for individuals to better cope with any present and/or future life problems they may encounter! I am here to guide you in learning your own skills and what works best for you. Are you ready to be in charge of how you navigate your life adventures and challenges?

— Lindsey Chudzik, Social Worker in Fort Myers, FL

You can expect unconditional positive regard, empathy, and transparency. By way of talk therapy, individuals experience an increased understanding and awareness of self. Outcomes include improved mood, positive attitude and a better outlook, an increased capacity to express feelings, and greater self esteem.

— Robin Leichtman, Counselor in Lyndhurst, OH

Carl Rogers changed the focus of counseling from Practitioner-as-Expert to Client-as-Expert. He proposed that therapists must have three attributes to be effective in the counseling relationship: congruence (being genuine with the client), unconditional positive regard (accepting the client as they are), and accurate empathic understanding (deeply understanding the concerns of the client from their perspective). This is how I work with each client, to make them feel Valued and Seen.

— Lina Lewis-Arevalo, Licensed Professional Counselor in , NJ

Person-centered therapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s. This type of therapy moves away from the traditional model of therapy, it is a non-directive, 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. Person-centered therapy is also known as Rogerian therapy.

— Solveig Pedersen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Nakusp, BC,

I love that person-centered therapy helps to create a collaborative therapeutic alliance based on understanding, genuineness, and trust. It helps to allow an individual to express themselves free from judgment in order to recognize - and rely on - their own strengths and sense of self.

— John Millett, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hinsdale, IL

I have practiced Rogerian therapy since training as a graduate student. Providing psychological safety is the foundation of any treatment approach and this is an intuitive skill that I offer to my clients. I give space for clients to express their genuine self that may not feel safe to express in other areas of life. This is a trusted approach to therapy that I both practice and teach at the graduate level and when straining student interns.

— Shannon Nosenzo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Marcos, CA

My clinical training is built on a foundation of Rogerian techniques. I began my career in intensive crisis intervention training from Mental Health America which was based entirely on Rogerian theory and skills. Person-centered therapy operates on the concept that the client is the expert of their own experience and the therapist can help by creating a safe environment in which both therapist and client can be open and authentic.

— Laura Angelucci, Therapist in Austell, GA

I believe that you are the expert on yourself, and that the things you feel are most important to discuss are what will guide our therapeutic work together.

— Laurie Ebbe-Wheeler, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

In my program of study, I was trained to look at how individuals in families, couples, or communities affect each other. Whether we are working together on your individual, couple, or family concerns, this notion of how we affect one another will constantly inform my decisions and interpretations.

— Aileen Renteria, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in The Woodlands, TX

Huge focus on Person-Centered Work through therapy and theater. As a therapist and with social justice theater work I have an empathetic and non-judgmental approach to convey their feelings of understanding, trust, and confidence that encourages clients to make their own decisions and choices.

— Catina Cole, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Milwaukee, WI

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. My ultimate goal is to make myself obsolete and see you off into the world stronger than when you first arrived in my office.

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

I believe that the therapist and client work together in an integrative fashion to reach our goals. You are the expert on your life, on your experiences. I believe that it is my job to witness, support, and be a guide to enhance the healing and growth you deserve in your life. My clients often share with me they have never felt seen, heard, or understood as deeply as they do in our movement therapy sessions.

— Erin Howe MA, BC-DMT, CRM, Therapist in Oceanside, CA

First and foremost, I believe in the capacity of all people for self-healing and personal growth. Through building a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients, I am able to create an environment of trust and safety where expression of life events is not only encouraged, but received without fear or judgment. I provide empathic understanding so that we can work together on your goals.

— Cyndy Rehberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

My work is always focused around the humanistic principles of Rogerian therapy. I believe in allowing people to be in charge of their own treatment and always practicing with unconditional positive regard.

— Kristin Bloom, Marriage & Family Therapist in Beaverton, OR

I believe that you can use your therapy time for whatever you want to discuss, and I actively listen to what is bringing you in for counseling. I pay attention to not only the words you are using, but also to the underlying meaning underneath the words. I help you figure out what you want to say but aren't able to say and reflect that back to you in different ways, perhaps offering you a new perspective on your situation and goals.

— Shannon Heers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Englewood, CO

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