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Client-Centered Therapy, developed by Carl Rogers, is a humanistic and person-centered approach that places the client at the center of the therapeutic process. This is characterized by a collaborative and empathetic therapeutic relationship, where the focus is on the client’s unique experience, self-actualization, and the creation of conditions that facilitate personal growth and positive change.

Here are key features and characteristics of Client-Centered Therapy:

Unconditional Positive Regard: The therapist provides a non-judgmental and accepting environment, expressing unconditional positive regard for the client. This means accepting the client without evaluation or criticism, creating a space where the individual feels safe to explore and express themselves.

Empathy: Therapists actively practice empathy by understanding the client’s perspective, feelings, and experiences. This empathic understanding is communicated to the client, fostering a deep connection and validation of their subjective experience.

Genuineness/Authenticity: The therapist is authentic and genuine, openly sharing their thoughts and feelings as they relate to the therapeutic process. This authenticity contributes to the creation of a transparent and trustworthy therapeutic relationship.

Client’s Inherent Capacity for Growth: Client-Centered Therapy is grounded in the belief that individuals possess an inherent capacity for personal growth and self-actualization. The therapist facilitates this process by creating conditions that allow the client’s natural potential to emerge.

Active Listening: Therapists engage in active listening, paying close attention to the client’s words, emotions, and non-verbal cues. This active listening fosters a deeper understanding of the client’s experiences and promotes a sense of being heard and understood.

Reflective Techniques: Reflective techniques, such as paraphrasing and summarizing, are used to clarify and validate the client’s feelings and thoughts. This helps the client gain insight into their own experiences and promotes self-reflection.

Non-Directive Approach: Client-Centered Therapy is non-directive, meaning that the therapist does not impose their own agenda or solutions on the client. Instead, the therapist follows the client’s lead, allowing them to explore their concerns at their own pace.

Focus on the “Here and Now”: While acknowledging the importance of past experiences, Client-Centered Therapy often emphasizes the exploration of current thoughts and emotions. This focus on the “here and now” helps clients gain clarity on their present concerns.

Facilitation of Self-Exploration: The therapist encourages the client to engage in self-exploration and self-discovery. This process involves helping the client identify and understand their feelings, thoughts, and values, fostering a deeper sense of self-awareness.

Client’s Role in Decision-Making: Clients actively participate in the therapeutic process and play a significant role in decision-making. They are encouraged to set their own goals and determine the direction of the therapy, promoting a sense of autonomy and empowerment.


Trauma-Informed therapists acknowledge that most people have some history of trauma, whether or not they have shared that with us yet.


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) helps people who struggle with shame and are highly critical of themselves to develop compassion for self and others.


Strengths Based Therapy focuses and builds on the client’s strengths, resources, and resiliency rather than weaknesses or shortcomings.


In a Client-centered (also called Person-centered) approach to therapy, the client and therapist are seen as equal partners in the therapeutic process.

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