Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) is a form of talk therapy which designates the primary role of the therapist as a supportive guide who promotes an attitude of unconditional compassion, acceptance and empathy. Person-Centered Therapy can be interchangeably called Client-Centered Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, or Rogerian Therapy.

Person-Centered Therapy does not see clients as being intrinsically flawed. Instead, PCT sees each individual as being capable and deserving of the growth, change, and healing they desire and are drawn to. In Person-Centered Therapy, it is assumed that the client possesses the keys to recovery and is able to discover those truths through a working relationship with their therapist.

About Person-Centered Therapy

During the course of Person-Centered Therapy, the therapist may refrain from asking questions, making a diagnosis, providing reassurance, or designating blame in order to act as a support to the client in a way that is not controlling or suggestive.

The PCT therapist helps the client to work through their difficulties or obstacles in a non-directive manner. By creating an environment of unconditional acceptance, the PCT therapist builds a trusting relationship in which the client can embrace control of their future through engaging in treatment.

In Person-Centered Therapy, the relationship between client and PCT therapist is of utmost importance. A therapist who practices Client-Centered Therapy is committed to staying present, being genuine and relating to the client through the lens of unconditional positive regard. Regardless of what a client shares or expresses in Person-Centered Therapy, their personal experience will be accepted without any conditions or judgments (negative or positive).

Some of the core values embodied in this Humanistic Therapy approach are empathy and respect for the client, a collaborative exploration of issues, goals and expectations for treatment, and a modeling of authenticity by the PCT therapist. In short, Person-Centered Therapy operates according to the belief that a person’s natural instinct is to move toward health, wholeness, and wellness.

The following issues can be addressed in Person-Centered Therapy:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder (with or without Agoraphobia)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Phobias
  • Stress

If you would like to speak with a therapist about Person-Centered Therapy, or if you need assistance in determining if you might benefit from PCT treatment, call or email today.