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 in meeting a client where they are in life. To me, the client knows themselves best and I will never pretend to know them more than they know themselves.

— Janay Bailey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I have training and experience using this treatment modality and I believe in approaching counseling with the whole person in mind and not just the presenting concern.

— Alicia McDonald, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Columbus, OH

Person-centered therapy is widely used in various therapeutic settings and can be effective in treating a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and personal growth. Its emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, empathy, and acceptance can create a safe space to explore your inner world, gain insight, and make positive changes in your life.

— Armenta Acevedo, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

In Person-Centered Therapy, it's all about you and your unique journey. Inspired by Carl Rogers' belief in your innate potential for growth and self-healing, this approach creates a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore and understand your feelings and thoughts without fear of criticism. By genuinely listening and offering unconditional positive regard, we aim to support and empower you, fostering self-acceptance and personal growth.

— Danna Blumenau, Student Therapist in Frisco, TX

I implement Person-Centered Therapy in my practice as I like the client to feel empowered and that they have control over how each session goes. As a counselor, I am there to provide guidance and prompting questions to help them explore deeper, find root emotions and identify triggers.

— Mikaella Chiriboga, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Houston, TX

I take a person-center, peer-oriented approach to recovery from mental health challenges. I see most issues as normal responses to an abnormal world. I am highly skeptical of the medical model of treatment and believe that most of us have the answers to our problems inside of us and are just in need of some guidance and outside perspective. I don't believe in pathologizing my clients but, rather, look at their whole-person wellbeing including social supports, interests, aspirations, and goals.

— Cornelia Seiffert, Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA

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

Person-centered therapy, also known as Rogerian therapy or client-based therapy, employs a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in sessions such that, in the process, they discover their own solutions. The approach originated in the work of American psychologist Carl Rogers, who believed that every person is unique and, therefore, everyone’s view of his or her own world, and their ability to manage it, should be trusted.

— Jayden Jackson, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Fort Collins, CO

All of my interactions with clients are from a person-centered approach, where I trust that the client knows themself and their experience the best. I value respect, empathy, and active listening and strive to use these values at all times in the therapy room.

— Rachel Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Southlake, TX

Person-Centered theory is all about a way of being towards you. It is grounded in the desire to show respect and care for you as a person. Carl Rogers (founder of Person-Centered theory) coined an idea known as Unconditional Positive Regard. The goal of my actions as your counselor is to show a deep value, care, and respect, for you. I want to create a space that says, “I honor you and hold no judgment for any piece of you.” A space where you can safely become the best version of yourself.

— Jacob Santhouse, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

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

The therapeutic relationship has long been proven to be the critical component for change in therapy. I utilize a person-centered approach with all of my clients to create a safe space for them to be their authentic selves without fear of judgment or abandonment.

— Shannon Hendrickson, Clinical Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

At the core of my therapy, I believe the client is the expert, and more than anything, they need a place to process their experience. In my practice, I put a large portion of my energy into the therapeutic relationship as a treatment modality in and of itself, rather than just a building block of another modality. Put simply, making sure my relationships with clients are warm, open, playful places to explore themselves is the core of my practice.

— Jacob Lundy, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in St. Petersburg, FL

To me, person-centered theory is a way of being, not just in counseling but in all aspects of life. Engaging in this perspective means I follow your lead. I'm honored to join you on your journey and shed light on patterns, needs, and values you may not have recognized before. You get to decide what pieces to keep or leave behind in order to recreate the you that feels most congruent and connected.

— Sidrah Khan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I have done research project's on Person centered approach since I started studying to be a counselor, to pin point the most effective evidenced based modalities.

— Nicole Bellott, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Person-centered therapy allows the client to guide their sessions and therapeutic journey. Through validation, empathy, and active listening, I support clients in their journey to self-discovery and personal growth.

— Brianna Costantino, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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

— Raven Hoover, Mental Health Counselor in Allentown, PA

Throughout my training and 3 years of work, I have continued to work based on the framework that clients are experts on themselves. Collaborating with clients to build genuine rapport, set and work toward goals, and to understand their own treatment is necessary to to enact change.

— Mia Dusevic, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY