What is Person-Centered Therapy?
Developed by Carl Rogers
Person-centered therapy, also known as humanistic therapy, is a form of psychological treatment that emphasizes the unique perspective of each individual client. It is an approach first created by Carl Rogers. He believed in “unconditional positive regard”, or the view that people are inherently good and capable of positive change given the right circumstances.
The therapist works to create a supportive and nonjudgmental environment in which the client feels safe exploring personal issues and emotions. Through self-exploration and self-expression, the client is able to gain greater insight into their own thoughts and behaviors. Client-centered therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
References: Rogers, C. R. (1961). On becoming a person: a therapist’s view of psychotherapy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
“It becomes easier for me to accept myself as a decidedly imperfect person, who by no means functions at all times in the way in which I would like to function. This must seem to some like a very strange direction in which to move. It seems to me to have value because the curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I change.”