Person-Centered Therapy is an approach that was developed by psychologist Carol Rogers who believed that we, as individuals, have the ability to find the solutions and make appropriate changes that will be in our own best interest.
This type of therapy is non-authoritative, meaning the client takes control of the therapy session instead of being led by a therapist. The therapist’s role is to offer support and encouragement in a non-judgmental nature and to keep the session moving in a positive direction.
Person-Centered Therapy is practiced in a one-on-one environment and is individualized as opposed to a group setting. It offers the client a chance to control the conversation with the goal of self-discovery, acceptance and healing through positive growth.
What are the 3 Conditions of Person-Centered Therapy?
The following three conditions are necessary for successful person-centered therapy:
- Unconditional Positive Regard – the therapist must remain non-judgmental and empathetic while conveying their feelings of understanding, trust, and confidence in order to encourage the client to make their own choices and decisions
- Empathetic Understanding – the therapist accepts and understands the client’s thoughts and feelings
- Congruence – the therapist remains true, accessible and transparent with regard to the client without presenting authority or superiority
Therapeutic work is only as effective as the alliance that exists within the relationship. In order to build trust and a sense of safety within the space of the therapeutic relationship, there is an aim towards modeling authenticity, unconditional positive regard, and empathy towards the client’s emotional experiences.
Person-Centered Therapy is an Alo House Treatment Modality we use to help our clients build trust and self-confidence.