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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You're the expert on your own story. I'm here to learn your story so that I can best support you.

— Gianna Rico, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

Person-Centered Therapy and Child-Centered Play Therapy form the foundation for all of my clinical work. This means that I'm ready to "meet" my clients wherever they are in each session. Rather than following a strict treatment plan or a workbook, I offer a non-judgemental space for my clients to show up as their authentic selves and get what they need on that day.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

While I know that I have education and training that is helpful to offer people, person-centered therapy states that people know themselves best; you are the expert on you. You're in the driver's seat. I'm helping navigate and point things out along the way. Not in an annoying backseat driver kind of way, but more like you know how we got here, you know where you want to go, you're just not quite sure how to get there with all this crazy weather, road closures, and detours.

— Nina Tilka, Clinical Psychologist in Costa Mesa, CA

You are the expert of your own life and story. I'm just here to listen and guide you along the way!

— Raven Hoover, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Allentown, PA

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

We know that taking the first step to seek out help can feel scary and unknown! Our team would love to walk alongside you to create a comfortable, safe, empowering, and creative environment where you or your loved ones can feel heard and work towards unique goals, while creating progress not perfection.

— Nikkie Evans, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lincolnshire, IL

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 utilize Person Centered model as one of my approaches in treatment with the belief that each individual is different and are expert of themselves and their situation. You as a client have the answers you seek within you, and as such will be provided the space to explore your own feelings without judgement.

— Lauretta Akpoyoware, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

Person-centered therapy is a collaborative approach between therapist and client. As the name sounds, it is very much focused on the individual and their goals. The belief of person-centered therapy is that everyone has the capacity to fulfill their own potential through personal growth and change. Essentially, you are the one that holds the power to make positive changes in your life and my role is to help you learn new skills and strengthen current ones to support that.

— Jessica Aron, Clinical Psychologist in WHITE PLAINS, NY

Though the term "Person-Centered Therapy" may appear to be stating the obvious, by design, not all therapeutic approaches are client centered. Rather, there are some out there that very much present the therapist as an "expert" on the client's life and the client as someone who follows that lead. I am trained in Rogerian therapy and deeply appreciate the method due to the focus on the client and therapist working together to help the client gain a sense of relief.

— Kimberly Collins, Student Therapist in New York, NY

The golden nugget of person-centered therapy is observing the mysteries of the person in the chair opposite me, to hear their story with dignity and compassion, and offer up my listening of them in a reflection, which I hold up to them as a precious gift and allow them to look within. Sometimes, it is easy. Other times, difficult, but it is always a learning process that allows for greater humanity and forgiveness of soul. It's these moments of vulnerable growth that make it all worthwhile.

— Laurie Richardson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

All my work is person-centered, where I focus in on your needs and will cater my approach to supporting you in that way. 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 am interested in helping clients develop creative coping skills designed specifically for them. I am majorly influenced by the work of Virginia Satir and her principles of congruence, as well as John Bowlby and his workings in attachment theory.

— Madeleine VanCeylon, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

You are my focus, not the problem. You are the best expert of you, and ultimately know what is best. My role is to facilitate an environment in which clients can bring about positive change.

— Sergio Hernández, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

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

— Brittney Waterhouse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

The therapeutic process itself, for me, is person-centered. I meet all of my clients with unconditional positive regard and I want my clients to feel heard and accepted. Anything goes in the therapeutic space, so come as you are and we will process everything in the here and now, together.

— Jacqueline Siempelkamp, Licensed Professional Counselor in Radnor, PA