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 prefer an egalitarian approach where you and I create a space together that allows for open, honest communication, exploration and understanding.

— Gina Holden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Carl Rogers, the founder of Person Centered psychotherapy believed that the most important aspect of the therapeutic process was the relationship between the client and the therapist. I hold this belief as well and have found that the best outcomes are arrived when a person feels heard, understood and supported in their process for working on difficult problems and finding meaning. Without this, other therapy models are just tasks.

— Leah Logan, Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

I believe that in order for a therapeutic relationship to thrive, it needs to be built on a foundation of non-judgment and trust. I also believe that the client knows themselves best, and my job is to facilitate your ability to reflect and process.

— Eliza McBride, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

I like to focus on the person and what they can do, not their condition or disability. Focusing on achieving the person's aspirations and tailoring their needs and unique circumstances.

— Chrishina Scott, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sandy Springs, GA

I believe therapy is your time to work on what you see as necessary in helping you reach your goals. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that has achievable goals.

— Emelia Thygesen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NC

I hold deep empathy, respect and unconditional positive regard for my clients. This means you are accepted as you are in my therapy room (or zoom room). I believe through this safe, nonjudgemental space you will finally have the space you need to explore your thoughts, feelings and situations without judgement and begin to love and accept yourself as you are.

— Kylee Nelson, Counselor in Tulsa, OK

I believe every person knows on some level what they need and the steps they need to take to find healing or create change. Each person also knows what they are ready to address past traumas or current struggles. I respect each person's process and knowledge of themselves and experiences. Sometimes simply having a place to process our emotions, explore our inner workings, and affirm our experiences lead to breakthroughs.

— Heather Romero, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

My approach to therapy is based on Person Centered which I learned during graduate school and I believe its a crucial foundation in working with clients.

— Mary Ann Wertz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

As a person-centered provider I meet my clients as they are and collaborate with them to make common goals that feel obtainable and congruent. You will be met with a non-judgmental and compassionate approach with respect to your own beliefs and perspectives.

— Kassondra Wilson, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

Person-Centered is my foundational theory from which I incorporate all other treatment orientations.

— Carolina Castano, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I believe that we are all humans sharing a similar experience. Our specific experiences will obviously be different, but we can always come back to that human connection. In the therapy room, you are in charge. You are the expert and leader of your own life, and my role is as a guide to help you sort through what covers your true being.

— Kaylin Zabienski, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NEWPORT BEACH, CA

From Good Therapy: "This type of therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as expert and moved instead toward a nondirective, 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." This form of talk therapy is used more often than not and allows the client to express themselves openly and without judgment.

— Kenneth Nelan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mequon, WI

I fundamentally believe that you can do what you’re setting out to do and can reach your goals. I can be your loudest cheerleader, if that’s what you need. I assume the best of you and give you unconditional positive regard—it’s ok if you mess up, we’ll work together to make things better.

— Kristen Verge, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beacon, 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 Canadian, OK

The therpeuctic alliance is the heart of the therapy process. A deep connection between the therapist and client provides a fertile ground for real change and progress.

— Jennifer Driscoll, Counselor in Mamaroneck, NY

The main tenets of Rogerian therapy are unconditional positive regard, empathy, and authenticity. Providing unconditional positive regard means I don't judge what a patient tells me about themselves. This allows for an environment of healing. Providing empathetic care allows me to understand your experience from your point of view and see patterns you may not be aware of. By functioning authentically, I model self-acceptance, honesty and congruence to allow patients to do the same.

— Lauren Bartholomew, Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA

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