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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This is my core therapeutic treatment orientation. Change comes with trust and a strong therapeutic relationship. As I therapist, I aim to be kind, use unconditional positive regard towards you as a person, and supportive.

— Nicole Celone, Licensed Professional Counselor in Manchester, CT

I received in-depth academic and experiential training in Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy throughout my graduate program at Cleveland State, and used that approach almost exclusively during my 700-hour graduate internship.

— Megan Matthews, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lakewood, OH

A Person-Centered Therapy approach recognizes and trusts human potential for growth, providing clients with empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate change. The therapist seeks to avoid directing the course of therapy by following the client's lead whenever possible. Instead, the therapist offers support, guidance, and structure so that the client can discover personalized insights and solutions within themselves to guide their individual life journey.

— Linda L Vance, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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

The Person-Centered, Rogerian approach to therapy means that empathy plays a big role in how I work to support you in your process. It also means that I value authenticity and realness in our work together, as well as an unconditioned positive regard for you as my client. Non-judgement and kindness are values of my approach as a therapist.

— Mackenzie Studebaker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

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

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

Person-Centered Therapy emphasizes the importance of the client's strengths and self-perceptions. This approach is the base of the work I do with everyone. I assume all people are capable and have the potential to achieve their greatest fulfillment by making choices from a position on self-awareness.

— Erica Thomas, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

You are the expert on your own life, and you and I are equals. I focus on understanding your experiences and how you've perceived them while maintaining an empathic and non-judgmental stance. In our sessions, you will feel accepted as you are, no matter your life story.

— Katharyn Engers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spokane, WA

Person-Centered therapy works to empower you and motivate you in the therapeutic process. Instead of viewing you as flawed, person-centered therapy focuses on your ability and desire for change and personal growth. Focusing on compassion and a nonjudgemental approach, you can focus on your journey of self-discovery and find your own solutions.

— Emmily Weldon, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I believe that in order for a therapeutic relationship to thrive, it needs to be built on a foundation of non-judgment and trust. I also believe that the client knows themselves best, and my job is to facilitate your ability to reflect and process.

— Eliza McBride, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

I believe that clients are the experts of their own experiences. Using a person-centered approach, I let clients take the lead and direct the conversation and their goals without judgment or interference. With this approach, my role is often an empathetic facilitator to acknowledge and validate clients’ experiences and to provide encouragement and support. I create an environment that encourages self-discovery and self-acceptance in order to help clients work towards their desired growth.

— Marissa Johnson, Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

Person-centered therapy, also referred to as Rogerian therapy, was developed and cultivated by psychologist Carl Rogers from the 1940s through the 1980s. The aim of person-centered therapy is to facilitate a client's innate drive toward personal growth and "self-actualization." This is done by providing the conditions now generally recognized by other therapeutic methods as necessary for change, including unconditional positive regard, therapist congruence (genuineness), and empathic understanding. Rogers is quoted as having said "I can't make corn grow, but I can provide the right soil and plant it in the right area and see that it gets enough water; I can nurture it so that exciting things happen. I think that's the nature of therapy."

— Barton Shulman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

As a therapist, my priority is building a solid, trusting and caring relationship with you. I'll never judge you or anything you share with me. Instead, I'll ensure you feel safe to share your feelings, thoughts, problems and successes with me. Working collaboratively, we'll set goals that will best meet your needs. We'll discuss your progress regularly and make any adjustments to my approach or your goals if needed.

— Christina Hom, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor