Person-Centered Therapy

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Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritarian style that encourages clients to take more of a lead in discussions, allowing them to develop their own answers in the process. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without diverting the conversation. The therapist’s role is to encourage and support the client, as well as to guide the therapeutic process without interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery.

Person-centered therapy is a type of talk therapy in which the client does the majority of the talking. Your therapist will not criticize or interpret what you say, but may ask you to repeat yourself in order to completely understand your thoughts and feelings. When you hear your own words back to you, you may want to self-edit and clarify your meaning. This may occur multiple times until you are satisfied that you have articulated exactly what you are thinking and feeling. There may be brief periods of silence to enable your thoughts to settle. This client-centered process aids in self-discovery, self-acceptance, and gives a path to healing and good growth.

Person-centered interventions in therapy can be used by licensed mental health professionals from a variety of disciplines who have received training and experience in the Rogerian approach. Look for a therapist or counselor who is extremely empathetic and with whom you feel comfortable sharing personal difficulties, in addition to someone with the necessary educational background and relevant experience.

Person-centered therapy could assist anyone who would benefit from increased self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, the ability to develop good interpersonal relationships, and the ability to trust his or her own decisions. This technique, alone or in combination with other types of therapy, can also be beneficial for people suffering from bereavement, sadness, anxiety, stress, abuse, or other mental health issues. Person-centered therapists work with individuals as well as groups. Because the client must perform the majority of the work in person-centered therapy, people who are more driven are more likely to succeed.

Person-centered therapy, also known as Rogerian therapy, arose from the work of American psychologist Carl Rogers, who thought that everyone is unique and that everyone’s vision of his or her own reality, as well as ability to manage it, should be trusted. Rogers felt that we all have the ability to identify the best solutions for ourselves and make the necessary changes in our lives. Person-centered therapy was a shift away from the therapist’s traditional role as an expert and leader and toward a process that allows clients to use their own understanding of their experiences as a healing platform.

The success of person-centered therapy is dependent on three factors:

  1. Unconditional positive regard, which means that therapists must be empathetic and nonjudgmental in order to express their feelings of understanding, trust, and confidence to their clients, allowing them to make their own decisions and choices.
  2. Therapists must have empathetic understanding, which means they must fully understand and accept their clients’ thoughts and feelings.
  3. Congruence means that therapists don’t project an aura of authority or professional superiority, but instead offer a genuine and approachable personality that clients can perceive is honest and straightforward.

What is the next step?

If you or someone you love is considering individual therapy or counseling, please contact Through The Forest Counseling. We are a team of professionals who have the expertise to help.

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