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.

Meet the specialists

All of my training - in both my masters and doctoral programs - has been built on foundational person-centered principles, such as unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence.

— Catherine Sullivan-Windt, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

I hold fast to the idea that no matter what our challenges or perceived obstacles, each of us is always instinctively moving toward healing, wholeness, and peace. It is my honor to bear witness to those who want to and are willing to grow beyond patterns of unpleasantness, pain, and despair into new and more satisfying ways of being in relationship.

— Sage DeRosier, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Often times clients come with their own stories. I like hearing them therefore, I don't usually lead the session. I believe you already know your answers and need a little push from a therapist.

— Junko Yamauchi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I offer a specialized person-centered approach to therapy that is tailored to your specific needs. I am non-judgmental and have a wealth of professional knowledge and tools to help you succeed. I used evidenced based techniques that help you explore yourself and come to awareness so that you make open yourself to the change that you desire.

— Tamara Mosley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Aubrey, TX

My training and experience has allowed me to hone my skills in person centered therapy and this is evident throughout my work with clients.

— Alicia Pace, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pflugerville, TX

I also use Rogerian or Person-Centered therapy. Person-Centered therapy believes that the relationship between the therapist and the client is extremely important to the outcome of therapy. It is my number one goal to support you and help you experience a sense of safety and stability while in counseling.

— Julie Holburn, Counselor in Boulder, CO

The tenets of Person-Centered counseling are what allow for a positive therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic relationship is what allows for growth and change. I have found that in using a person-centered approach, which includes being non-judgmental, genuine, empathic and accepting, the client can feel comfortable to be him or herself which is very important to the therapeutic process. Furthermore, this approach allows for the individual to be comfortable being his or her true self which can be a very healing experience as those who experience mental illness often do not feel they are accepted.

— Catherine Kiley, Counselor in New York, NY

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

You are the leader in your treatment. You are the expert. I am here to offer you guidance, support and place to learn and process. When you enter my office, it is your space and you choose what we do and talk about. If you do not want to talk about something and/or you're not ready, then it is ok. You choose the goal and we are always working towards the goal you want to achieve in therapy.

— Danyale Weems, Counselor in Carrollton, GA

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

My philosophy of therapy aligns with the teachings of Carl Rogers, in which the client is the expert of their own life, and its an environment of acceptance, empathy, and authenticity that motivates a person to make the changes necessary for them to become their optimum self.

— Sky Ross, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I utilize a Person-Centered approach with all my clients. What this means is I let my clients take the lead as they are the expert on their story. And I accept my clients’ positive and negative experiences without condition or judgement. This way my client feels safe in sharing their authentic experiences and emotions without fear of judgement. It also means that by providing support, guidance, and structure I can help you find and utilize the tools you already have to achieve your goals.

— Anusha Atmakuri, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

I believe that each person is the best authority on themselves. With a person centered approach, the client is the most important person in the therapeutic relationship and plays a major role in guiding the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic process. By partnering with my clients and giving them the ability to get to know themselves, they are able to make genuine connections with themselves which extends to more genuine connections with others.

— Jacob Butler, Counselor in Lawton, OK

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

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

Person-Centered therapy is made for everyone. Each client can dictate what we process through and talk about in session. You know yourself better than anyone else and that makes you an expert. In this therapy approach, we focus on what you need that day regardless of what that might be.

— Kimberly Newcombe, Therapist

I help clients realize their power and importance, and give them the control that will encourage healing. You are the most important part of the session, and you hold the keys to finding the answers that you desire. I love standing beside my clients as they work through their pain and realize the strengths that are within them that will ultimately lead to a release from the things that are causing you pain.

— Courtney Stewart, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Maitland, FL

The person-centered approach is my natural personality style. Being a judgmental therapist has always been my approach with clients.

— Daniel Lavelle, Counselor in Falls Church, VA

Google tells you that person-centered therapy is where the client does most of the talking. This can seem incredibly intimidating. However, my belief is that you are the expert of your own life. The therapeutic relationship is at the core of change in treatment and this can not be effectively accomplished if I am taking a larger role in your healing than you. As your therapist I will provide insight, empathy, and the space for you to heal.

— Robyn Webster, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

For me, one of the greatest tools in the therapy room is a good connection with your therapist. When I am working with a client, I work as a team with them to make sure that we are using the time to focus on whatever is most important in that moment. That may be what happened in the past. That may be a conversation with your boss from that day. I put my full priority on what you feel is the best way to spend our time in each session.

— Delaney Dixon, Counselor in Richardson, TX

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

— Hava Jarosz, Therapist in Baltimore, MD

My training and application of that training has been that the client is the expert and the treatment is driven by the client. I provide a warm, safe, therapeutic environment for my clients.

— David Veach, Counselor in Centennial, CO

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