PERSON CENTERED THERAPY
Person Centered Therapy: emphasizes providing a supportive emotional climate for
clients, who play a major role in determining the pace and direction of therapy.
“it is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial,
what experiences have been deeply buried. It began to occur to me that unless I had a
need to demonstrate my own cleverness, I got them to think for themselves.
Come to their own conclusion
Person-Centered Therapy aims to help clients to:
o Realize they don’t always have to please others or win acceptance
o Respect their own feelings and values
Listen to themselves, who they really are
o Restructure their self-concept to correspond better with reality
To reduce anxiety, rogers believed that it is necessary to restructure and
how they think of themselves so it is more in tune with reality
o Ultimately foster self-acceptance and personal growth
A focus on the therapeutic alliance: The emotional bond between therapist and client,
along with agreement on goals and tasks of therapy.
3 Conditions to create a safe emotional climate:
o Genuine acceptance
Therapist should be honest and spontaneous, not phony or defensive.
Genuine in the moment
Takes practice and skill
o Unconditional Positive Regard
Therapist shows complete non-judgemental acceptance of the client as a