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 was trained in person-centered therapy while in graduate school. I have studied Rogerian concepts and truly believe in the approach of holding space for client's to process their feelings in attempts to achieve their self-actualizing potential. I try to embody the core concepts of empathy, genuineness, and non-judgmentalness in my work and in my life.

— Javier Moreira, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

My clinical training emphasizes the person-centered or Rogerian lens, which places you, the client, at the center of our work together. While this may seem obvious, there are other modalities that emphasize following a rigid treatment protocol rather than actually listening to you! The person-centered orientation emphasizes building relationship, the therapist actually LISTENING, and a deeply collaborative course of treatment.

— Myles Buchanan, Associate Professional Counselor in , OR

I believe that the client is in charge of their counseling journey and the therapist is merely there for scaffolding and guiding. A therapist must adapt their counseling interventions to the client's needs and not vice versa.

— Saara Amri, Licensed Professional Counselor in Springfield, VA

Rogerian therapy is based on the power and uniqueness of each person. You are an expert in your life, your dreams and desires, and Rogerian therapy acknowledges that, aims to re-connect you with your confidence and sense of self and support you as you grieve, process, explore desires and goals, and determine how to move toward the more peaceful, contented, authentic life you want.

— D. Hope Tola, MA, NCC, LPCC, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Boulder, CO

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

With this approach I will help you understand that you as the individual have the power to make the changes necessary. We will process different issues that come up in your life that affect you and walk you through how you can manage some of these difficulties you have.

— Kemi Alemoh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Dimas, CA

A client-centered approach was integral to my early training as a counselor for women in the battered women's shelter and rape crisis programs I worked in at the beginning of my career. This approach involves unconditional positive regard for the client and active listening. All of this came quite natural to me. This can be a very warm and compassionate approach. It is far from the only tool in my tool box but it is fundamental.

— Deborah Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in CHICAGO, IL

I gravitated toward this theory in my education and training and it has been my main approach in my work since.

— Mariah Dancing, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Person-Centered (Rogerian) therapy is about creating a safe, non-judgemental space for talking and exploring. It fosters the idea that the client is not "wrong" but instead invites, with questioning from the therapist, to explore what is right for them in their life, and asserts the idea that the client will come to a conclusion with a listening and supportive ear. It is great for healing wounds from trauma, boosting self esteem/ self love, relationship and career issues, and processing grief.

— Live Life Now! Counseling and Coaching Tonya Jordan, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor

I work from a client centered approach that is unique to your specific needs.

— Madeline Leslie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jenks, OK

I use a person centered approach to encourage and support the client and to guide the therapeutic process and aid in the client’s process of self-discovery.

— Saren Craig, Licensed Professional Counselor in , OR

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

I view therapy as a voyage of discovery, with you as the captain. My role is to support you, as you navigate the sometimes tempestuous seas of life. The outcome of your treatment depends largely on your willingness to engage in the therapeutic process. I can promise to support you and do my very best to understand you and the patterns that show up in your life, as well as to help you clarify what it is that you want for yourself.

— Inness Pryor, Counselor in Portland, OR

Person-centered, client-centered, or humanistic therapy was strongly emphasized in my graduate program at Lamar University and my clinical internship at Nystrom & Associates. The person-centered perspective says that the client is an equal partner in the therapeutic relationship; the therapist models empathy that the client learns to practice toward themselves and others; and the therapist doesn't change the client but facilitates the emergence of the client's own potential for growth.

— Jon Frederick, PhD, Mental Health Counselor in Thornton, CO

Through years of working with those who survived being trafficked, I discovered they reported the most positive experiences with me because I am naturally a neutral person who gives unconditional positive regard as just part of who I am in the world. I hold equanimity and acceptance as the core of what I bring to the safe space I create with my clients.

— Sabrina Hanan, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Bozeman, MT

I have years of training under Person-Centered supervisors, who have instilled a posture of curiosity, attunement, and acceptance in my therapeutic approach. Person-centered therapy is also a modality that I naturally resonate with from the beginning of my education in therapy.

— Brooke Bayles, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

To me, person-centered theory is a way of being, not just in counseling but in all aspects of life. Engaging in this perspective means I follow your lead. I'm honored to join you on your journey and shed light on patterns, needs, and values you may not have recognized before. You get to decide what pieces to keep or leave behind in order to recreate the you that feels most congruent and connected.

— Sidrah Khan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX