“Person-centered therapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s. This type of therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as an expert and moved instead toward a nondirective, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process.
The person-centered therapist learns to recognize and trust human potential, providing clients with empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate change. The therapist avoids 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 solutions within themselves”
When It's Used
How It Works
Benefits of Person-Centered Therapy
Common Person-Centered Therapy Techniques
Empathy: The therapist strives to understand the client’s experience from their perspective.
Unconditional positive regard: The therapist accepts the client without judgment, no matter what they say or do.
Congruence: The therapist is genuine and authentic with the client.
Active listening: The therapist pays close attention to the client and reflects on what they say.
Reflective statements: The therapist repeats back what they heard the client say.
Questions: The therapist asks open-ended questions to encourage clients to explore their thoughts and feelings.
Rapport building: The therapist works to build a trusting relationship with the client.