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 work from an integrated, trauma-informed, person-centered approach. I believe you are the expert in your experience - even when everything feels confusing and difficult. I am a relational facilitator, here to support you on own path. Together we will co-create a brave and safe enough space to process, heal, create goals, and succeed in ways that are meaningful to you.

— Johanna Karasik, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northglenn, CO

I use a mix of approaches. Because each client is unique, and every situation is different I like to build rapport with a person-centered approach. This allows us to become comfortable with one another and the client can get an idea of my style to see if they feel that I am someone they can work with. I believe that each of us is the expert in our own life and so using a narrative approach can be very helpful.

— Jacinta Wills, Licensed Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA

I strive to provide clients with a safe place to share, where they feel heard, and understood.

— Amy Daum, Licensed Professional Counselor

I am deeply passionate about the principles of Person-Centered Therapy and have extensive training and experience in its application. I believe in fostering a genuine and empathetic therapeutic relationship built on trust, respect, and unconditional positive regard. By creating a safe space for you to express yourself authentically, I empower you to tap into your own inner resources and find solutions that resonate with your values and beliefs.

— Dr. Lindsay Howard, Clinical Psychologist in Parkland, FL

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

Humanistic, or 'person-centered,' therapy focuses on helping you recognize your worth and value as a person. Using this type of therapy, I emphasize that you're the expert on your own experience, and that I'm here as a tool to help you identify what will work best for you. It encourages acceptance of yourself, just as you are, while also bringing about freedom to enact change.

— Jennie Hagen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Person-Centered Counseling (PCC) is the bread and butter of counseling for most therapists and is known within our field to be "necessary, but not sufficient." (Thus, my other modalities.) What I want you to know is this: 1) I am a human first, professional second; 2) I genuinely honor who you are; 3) Your goals are my goals, progress to you is progress to me; and 4) YOU are the expert on you, so your big life decisions are entirely up to you.

— Margo James, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

I offer guidance, support, and structure in therapy but I believe that my clients are the expert of their own grief and loss experiences, and that they have the ability to discover healing or restoration within themselves.

— Kathleen McHugh Akbar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I was privileged to do my doctoral training in a department that took a very Rogerian, person-centered approach to therapy. This was especially crucial for me, as this is the style that naturally resonates with my instincts. Without meaning to sound like a broken record, I feel strongly that therapy has to begin with forming a real human connection. Thus, person-centered therapy is embedded, I would say, into all of the work that I do.

— Kyle Jackson, Clinical Psychologist

If we do not feel heard, seen and understood, no progress can be made. You are not a problem to be fixed but a person to walk alongside as you navigate life struggles.

— Jessica Reynolds, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Folsom, CA

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 use a person-centered approach to therapy. I will never push you to open up until you’re ready. This is your space, your time, and I will respect you always.

— Lauren Appelson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Chicago, IL

My doctoral studies and training focused on classical, Client-Centered theory and therapies in the tradition founded by Carl Rogers. I teach Person-Centered therapy at the graduate level, contributing to clinical research and international conferences.

— Travis Musich, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL

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

Person-Centered Therapy shows up in the way I see you. You can expect to be treated with unconditional positive regard, meaning I will see you as inherently good and accept you without any action or behavior needed on your part. I will try to see things from your perspective; to understand where you are coming from. You can expect for me to show up authentically. This means that I will be real with you; that my facial expressions and words will reflect my actual felt experience in the moment.

— Melissa Hartley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gresham, OR

Person-centered (or client-centered) therapy is an approach to therapy developed by Carl Rogers. This type of therapy emphasizes your inherent human drive towards growth and fulfillment. We therapist provide a supportive environment, focusing on empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard. By doing so, we help you explore your feelings, experiences, and concerns, empowering you to find your own solutions and fostering personal growth.

— San Francisco Counseling Collective, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

I am an empathic and authentic therapist. My style is gentle, but direct, and I believe in providing unconditional positive regard to all of my clients. That is, you are worthy of respect and care as a human being, without judgment. My job is to support your process of self-exploration and helping you to challenge the different ways that your worthiness as a human as been constructed according to certain "conditions" -- like, feeling a need to be perfect or successful in order to feel worthy.

— Katy Shaffer, Psychologist in Baltimore, MD