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 theory is all about a way of being towards you. It is grounded in the desire to show respect and care for you as a person. Carl Rogers (founder of Person-Centered theory) coined an idea known as Unconditional Positive Regard. The goal of my actions as your counselor is to show a deep value, care, and respect, for you. I want to create a space that says, “I honor you and hold no judgment for any piece of you.” A space where you can safely become the best version of yourself.

— Jacob Santhouse, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Nampa, ID

I believe you to be the expert of your experience with all the seeds inside you necessary for you to become the person you wish. The pace and style of our work is tailored to you uniquely. I follow your lead on our journey, while acting as ally and guide to keep us the path to the goals you have identified.

— Jennifer Alt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I believe the relationship is everything in therapy! Carl Rogers understood this best, and his work is a masterclass in demonstrating the magic of the therapeutic relationship.

— Elle Bernfeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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

I believe that the most important thing you can do for a client is to be there for them and develop a special connection, which helps facilitate growth and change.

— Cheryl Cantrell, Licensed Professional Counselor in , SC

Treating you with unconditional positive regard and meeting you where you are at emotionally.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX

Therapy would not exist without the relationship between therapist and client. Carl Rogers believed in exhibiting positive regard to all those who sat in front of him. The client is the expert on their own story.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

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, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

This all begins (for my clients) in-session with Person-Centered (Rogerian) therapy, because arguably no other modality is better at establishing the beginning (and cultivating) what we refer to as the therapeutic alliance (relationship). Most in this field will agree that without the therapeutic rapport there is no real counseling taking place, and without it the client would basically be wasting their time on that couch.

— Dennis Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Las Vegas, NV

Treating you with unconditional positive regard and meeting you where you are at emotionally. A space where you can safely become the best version of yourself.

— Nicole Moberg, Therapist in Saint Peter, MN

An emphatic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process. Rather than viewing people as inherently flawed, with problematic behaviors and thoughts that require treatment, person-centered therapy identifies that each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change.

— Jennifer Harvey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Livonia, MI

My core beliefs of what it is to understand and connect with another individual is based on seeking to see the good, to understand their deepest desires, to empathize with their struggles, and to be with them. To have unconditional positive regard towards another human being is to accept without judgement, to identify with their struggles, and to value them as they are with no stipulations. I strive to understand and interact with my clients in this way.

— Miriam Porat, Counselor in Madison, WI

I use Person-Centered therapy as my foundation as I believe you are the expert of your life and I am here to be your support. I'll help you iron out the wrinkles so that you can better able to understand yourself and meet your goals of therapy.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA