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 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 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 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

Research shows that the quality of the relationship between client and therapist is the most pivotal factor in the success or failure of therapy. The 3 core conditions of the Person-Centered approach are unconditional positive regard, empathy and authenticity and they set the stage for an effective therapeutic relationship. I strive to communicate these qualities to my client’s to encourage trust and transparency resulting in growth and healing

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

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

Therapy would not exist without the relationship between therapist and client. Carl Rogers believed in exhibiting positive regard to all those who sat in front of him. The client is the expert on their own story.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

My master's training was completed at an institution which emphasized person-centered counseling.

— Chanel Brown, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

My counseling style is empathetic with a compassionate base. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and kindness. My approach is Person-Centered which is Affirming and Nonjudgmental. I realize that no one person or relationship is the same and will tailor the dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

— Leslie Faulkner, Counselor

I believe that clients are their own experts and that with the right environment and support, you have all the tools you need inside of you already.

— Brittney Waterhouse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

A person enters person centered therapy in a state of incongruence. It is the role of the therapists to reverse this situation. The purpose of Roger’s humanistic therapy is to increase a person’s feelings of self-worth, reduce the level of incongruence between the ideal and actual self, and help a person become more of a fully functioning person.

— Joseph Burclaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wausau, WI

I believe in treating the whole person and that the client is the expert on his/her/their own life. Regardless of other therapeutic methods used, the relationship I have with each of my clients as individuals is at the core of the personal change process.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

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 Fallon Upton, Associate Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

I believe you are the expert of you and I am here to provide a safe space to grow and heal. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and offer an empathic approach to my work. My work will be based on your needs and goals and not another agenda.

— Kori Meyers, Counselor in Nashville, TN

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

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

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

The tenets of Person-Centered counseling are what allow for a positive therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic relationship is what allows for growth and change. I have found that in using a person-centered approach, which includes being non-judgmental, genuine, empathic and accepting, the client can feel comfortable to be him or herself which is very important to the therapeutic process. Furthermore, this approach allows for the individual to be comfortable being his or her true self which can be a very healing experience as those who experience mental illness often do not feel they are accepted.

— Catherine Kiley, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY