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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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

I believe in my clients being the true experts of themselves. I act as a guide at times, as a curious interpreter at other times, and as a container to explore and process whatever you need at all times. We work together as collaborators in your treatment plan.

— Ikenna Lughna, Mental Health Counselor

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 Associate in , OR

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” - Carl Rogers. I will assist you in gaining self-compassion and support through person-centered therapy techniques.

— Angela Touchton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in FLORIDA, OHIO, KY

All my work is person-centered, where I focus in on your needs and will cater my approach to supporting you in that way. Not one size fits all, where it sometimes takes a combination of remedies and modalities to achieve your goals. I believe that YOU can truly be the expert of your own life, where my goal is to help you recognize your true needs, and define our own individual norms and standards for a happy and successful life.

— Juliette Blank, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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

With kids, teens, and adults I tailor my sessions to the individual and let them lead with what they find most important. I use a variety of approaches to help support clients in the best way for each individual. Therapy with me is a safe space for clients to be accepted and be themselves. My clients describe me as calm, caring, heartwarming, and supportive. I am also empathetic and practical. I aim to be insightful, reassuring, and non-judgmental.

— Jenna Wonish-Mottin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in The Woodlands, TX

Authenticity, congruence, deep empathy, and unconditional positive regard are priorities for me as a therapist. You are the expert on your own life! I trust that you know yourself better than anyone else, and I want to collaborate alongside you to create a healing relationship that works best for you. I want to not only learn about your experience, but also learn from your experience!

— Sara Balkanli Watkins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Person-Centered Therapy focuses on the therapeutic relationship. People are not flawed and are not their mental diagnosis. Everyone has the capacity to change and are on a path to self-actualization. The therapist provides the client with empathy and unconditional positive regard to create change in therapy. The client may have had "conditional" positive regard with many people in their life. This therapy creates a safe environment for the client to explore thoughts and feelings in the moment.

— Joshua Bogart, Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

I believe in meeting each client exactly where they are. My approach is person-centered expressive arts therapy.

— Julie Collura, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” - Carl Rogers. I will assist you in gaining self-compassion and support through person-centered therapy techniques.

— Angela Touchton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in FLORIDA, OHIO, KY

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

Feeling seen and heard is something that so many of us lack in life. Therapy should be a place where you ALWAYS feel seen and heard. The journey of therapy is unique for each of us, and having the privilege to join you in this endeavor allows me to offer support and acceptance, even around those places, issues, and moments in your life where previously there has been none. Together, we work so that you are able to accept yourself, and show yourself the love you deserve.

— David Cogdell, Licensed Professional Counselor

My approach is person-centered, which means that I collaborate with you and encourage you to discover and build on your inner resources and strengths. I wholeheartedly believe that every person has a unique and important purpose, and I am passionate about helping you discover yours. I am a genuine, authentic, and compassionate person who can also be direct with you if you need a little challenge; yet, my style is gentle enough that you may not even realize you are being challenged!

— Emily Crawford-Thompson, Psychologist in COLUMBIA, MO

When taking a person-centered approach with clients it means I look at each client with unconditional positive regard. Empathy is key, I don't believe humans are inherently flawed, I believe each person has the potential for growth and change. Sometimes we as humans need someone to help guide, empathize and create a sense of structure to help one discover their own solutions towards transformation. Collaboration is key.

— Jessamy Whitsitt, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

My person-centered approach aims to identify the core pillars of a person, and build upon them. The theory behind this methodology is that self-esteem is key to activating change within a person. A person is capable of healing, but first they must believe that they can.

— Bryce Miller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

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

Person-centered therapy is non-directive. I won't take charge and tell you what you should do. Instead, I will ask gentle questions and listen carefully to your answers, reflect back what I hear, share my observations, and help you to find the answers that are already inside you. In this type of therapy, you are the expert in you. Additionally, I practice Compassion-Focused Therapy which was not an option for me to indicate. CFT can help you change your relationship with your inner critic.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO

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

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