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 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 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

Meeting people where they are is the heart of Rogerian and other Person-Centered therapeutic approaches. I don't start out trying to understand how a person's experiences can be understood as a disease or a disorder, instead, I try to humbly understand their experiences and then reflect on how they can be viewed through various psychological lenses.

— Charles Thompson-Shealy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kingston, NY

Persona-Centered Therapy strives for unconditional positive regard and working to be the same person in all settings.

— Hava Jarosz, Therapist in Baltimore, MD

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 learning about this theory of counseling in graduate school 12 years ago I found it incredibly empowering. I began studying and using this method. I fully subscribe to the viewpoint that the client has the answers within themselves. My job is to help clear the emotional clutter, ask questions and provide feedback as you go on the journey of self-discovery. Don't worry! This is still a collaborative process though - if you could do it all on your own - you would have by now, right?

— Meghan Farr, Clinical Social Worker in Fishers, IN

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,

I was trained with the CBT approach during my graduate school program. I read about this approach often and have used it for the past 5 years.

— Shenne Bend, Counselor in ,

I utilize this style because the focus is on you, not just the problems. You are an expert of yourself and my goal it to work with you to overcome and cope with any current and future problems you may face. I value you as an individual and we will work together to grow, learn and inspire change.

— Karissa Roy, Counselor in Austin, TX

Person-Centered Therapy shows up in the way I see you. You can expect to be treated with unconditional positive regard, meaning I will see you as inherently good and accept you without any action or behavior needed on your part. I will try to see things from your perspective; to understand where you are coming from. You can expect for me to show up authentically. This means that I will be real with you; that my facial expressions and words will reflect my actual felt experience in the moment.

— Melissa Hartley, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

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

First and foremost, I believe the therapeutic relationship is based on trust and rapport. I prioritize listening to my clients discussing their concerns instead of being directive by trying out different exercises/techniques in session or assigning homework.

— Michelle Henderson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lynnwood, WA