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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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, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NC

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

Through Person-Centered Therapy, I get to fully know and understand my clients. I give them the safe space that they need to express and process their emotions. My clients gain deeper insight, a sense of independence, and resilience to move forward.

— Dayae Kim, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

The idea behind person-centered therapy is that the client is the expert on their lived experience. You alone know what you have been through and your experiences with those events. As such I make sure to listen to your experiences and validate what you have been through, while also making sure our work focuses on what you want and not what others want you to be.

— Karl Reichert, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

My goal is to create a safe and supportive space for learning, growth, and transformation. As your therapist, I will learn with and alongside you in real time about what that means for your healing journey, honoring your inner wisdom, while supporting you with offerings of relevant ideas, experiences, and skills.

— Michelle Jaquish, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Research shows that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most pivotal factor in the success or failure of treatment. The three core conditions of the Person-Centered approach are unconditional positive regard, empathy and authenticity and set the stage for an effective therapeutic alliance. I strive to communicate these qualities to my clients to encourage trust and transparency resulting in growth and healing.

— Jennifer Durbin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

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

No one knows you better than you know yourself. Explaining your feelings, the decisions you make, and the values you hold to someone else can feel uncomfortable and difficult, but it is important for you to understand these pieces for yourself. I offer a space in which you'll be accepted for exactly who you are, offering empathy and support.

— Matty Blanc-Paul, Counselor in Boulder, CO

While my practice is influenced by a variety of treatment orientations, my identity as a psychologist has been particularly shaped by Person-Centered Theory. In basic terms, this means that I see clients as capable of change and self-actualization. I always provide my clients with unconditional empathy and strive to truly see your world from your point of view instead of my own.

— Erica Mathis, Psychologist in ,

I believe you are the expert on yourself and focus on what my clients what to work on.

— Dr. Katarina Ament, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

Like many therapists, I believe in holding a space for my clients that is unconditionally accepting as well as showing up in sessions with my authentic personality, beliefs, and reactions. It is this kind of authentic space that allows for genuine encounters that lead to positive change and growth.

— Kate Upton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Utilizing unconditional positive regard, I help to create a safe space for clients. I work to de-pathologize the clients and view them as fellow human beings. I help clients feel safe to explore their marginalized identities. Empathy is a primary aspect of person-centered, and creating an authentic relationship with clients can be a powerful space for healing.

— Samire Qosaj, Therapist in Northbrook, IL

I received training in person-centered therapy throughout my graduate studies, during my internship and within supervision.

— Elena Mitchel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Albuquerque, NM

I have the knowledge and skillset of what person-centered therapy is through my education and experience. I work from this lens as well and approach my practice full heartedly with you as the expert of your life.

— LISA TAYLOR, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

My primary approach is that you are the expert of your life, you know what you need and my role is to support and guide you through this experience.

— Nathan Fanton, Social Worker in Boston, MA

I utilize Person-Centered techniques to establish a relationship with my clients. I view you as a human being, first. Being human is often messy, even if it does not seem that way. I am not afraid of the mess you may be in, I see you with unconditional positive regard. All humans have goodness within. We work together to find the resources you already carry inside of you. Part of the process is to empower your internal strengths to propel you forward.

— Megan Silberhorn, Counselor