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

Every one of us has a drive toward healing and growth. Therapy provides a relationship and an environment where you can learn to trust yourself, trust your experience, accept yourself more fully, and ultimately move toward a more authentic you.

— Sarah McIntyre, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy was my focus throughout my graduate education and a focus of research, as well as work, since then. Through the use of honesty (both on your part and my own), empathy and a nondirective process led by you, we can identify and realize the inherent potential that is yours alone. I belong to Society for Humanistic Psychology and The Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach.

— Susan Rooney, Counselor in Portland, OR

When working with clients I believe that it’s important to look at the whole context of life – family, work, finances, physical health – as well as broader currents in society – the pressures to be successful, or to achieve a certain lifestyle – in order to understand how problems have formed.

— Peter Rivkees, Counselor in Clermont, FL

I use a person-centered approach, which mean I see people as capable and oriented towards growth and health in the core of their being. I enjoy building a genuine connection with my clients and helping them overcome obstacles to become more of who they are and to get to where they want to be. I see the good and strength in you so you can begin to see it for yourself.

— Allison O'Brien, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA

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

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

At heart and in spirit, I’m a Rogerian. I believe that I’m most effective with you when we are able to center our therapy around a relationship of trust, non-judgment, respect, and authenticity. I deeply care for each of my clients and their well-being. Rather than having ‘all the answers’ or being stoic and distant from my clients, they become aware of my interest in truly understanding their world. I believe that the answers certain lie within each of my clients—and it’s my job to help find them. We all need to know that we don’t exist in a vaccuum, that we aren’t the sole member of an alien species, just surviving alone. Indeed, I believe one of the biggest gifts I can share with you is not the heady psychological theories I learned in school, but empathize with your story by sharing with you my own. Being human with one another is a profound agent of healing.

— Evan Honerkamp, Art Therapist in Denver, CO

I approach all my sessions with a person-centered approach and the goal of offering each client my unconditional positive regard. This means that I see each client as valuable, worthy of respect, and doing the best they can with what they have.

— Rena McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

Carl Rogers is by far my favorite psychotherapist, and I try to model my counseling style after him.

— Adam Saltz, Clinical Social Worker in Sudbury, MA

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

The goal of this therapy is to provide you with an opportunity to develop a sense of self where you can realize how your attitudes, feelings and behavior are being negatively affected

— Kesha Martin, Counselor in San Antonio, TX

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

El enfoque centrado en la persona asume que la persona es experta de su propia vida, por lo tanto, la persona guía el proceso terapéutico. La idea es que la persona siempre esta buscando como auto-actualizarse. Cuando nos encontramos con situaciones que puedan afectar nuestra auto-actualización, la persona sufre síntomas como ansiedad o depresión. Las condiciones principales de este enfoque son la empatía, validación incondicional de la persona, y la autenticidad en la relación terapéutica.

— William Venturelli, LPC, Counselor in Portland, OR

I work to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust and mutual respect, with the recognition that you are not a problem to be solved, but a person to be understood. By creating a non-judgmental, empathetic atmosphere where you feel safe, you are able to express yourself freely and feel empowered to make healthy decisions for yourself.

— Raeleen Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rochester Hills, MI

I believe in unconditional positive regard as a therapeutic stance. I love Rogers' reflection, "the curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

— Nancy Chirinos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

You come first, that is a golden rule of mine in counseling. When you sit down with me in the therapy room the floor is yours, so first and foremost it is my duty to help you realize that. In our day-to-day life there is not much, if any, time for that to be acknowledged; that our own well-being and mental state comes before being able to help others.

— Austin Knight, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI

I believe that you are the expert in your own life and your experiences and we will work as a team. I provide gentle insight, help you process emotions and experiences and tailor our work to meet your individual needs. We will work on what feels important to you and you will never sit through a lengthy assessment or questionnaire. You are in charge of your therapy experience and together we will unpack your story to find the right path to healing and growth.

— Tara Farley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gladstone, OR

Through three clinical semesters under supervision of my person-centered professor, I have focused my professional development on the necessary and sufficient conditions with a particular interest in therapists’ congruence and how it benefits clients.

— Jennifer Cobb, Associate Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Received advanced training at the Center for Studies of the Person

— Moira Ryan, Counselor in Portland, OR

I use a curious approach in therapy and through self-exploration to learn about your life. You are the one with the knowledge of your life and I am there to guide you to realization. Gaining insight and realization can reduce depressive, anxious, or traumatic symptoms.

— Alyssa Vander Schaaf, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Golden Valley, MN

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 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

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 am a client centered therapist, meaning I let the clients lead the session and believe that the relationship between client and counselor should be a large component to counseling. The client is the owner of their story, and they are in control of change in their life. I will help support that change with empathy and non judgmental responses.

— Lauren Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Loveland, CO

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

You are the expert in you. You determine the pace of discovery of your inner self, and the discovery is directed toward your authentic self. We can easily lose touch with our inner authenticity as we adapt to survive in the world, and Rogerian therapy walks you back, gently, to who you really are, and forward to who you want to be.

— Andrea Rogers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, 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 Santa Clara, CA