Person-centered therapy is one of many therapies we offer in our mental health and addiction recovery programs. This therapy offers a wide range of benefits due to how it helps facilitate personal growth and development and empowers you to want to continue moving forward with your recovery.
Here’s more about how person-centered therapy works and how to contact us at Camelback Recovery when you’re ready to start your journey toward addiction recovery.
What Is Person-Centered Therapy?
Person-centered therapy was developed in the early 1950s by a psychologist named Carl Rogers. Also known as client-centered therapy, person-centered therapy focuses on the person and not on the problem itself.
Mental health professionals who practice a person centered theory of therapy will view you as a client and as an equal rather than as a patient. Client-centered therapy allows you to do most of the talking while your therapist listens, offers empathy, and gives you the support you need to come to your own solutions.
Person-centered therapy can take place one-on-one with your therapist or in groups. This therapy is available in our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Person-centered therapy focuses on three primary qualities: genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathetic understanding.
Therapists who practice client-centered therapy demonstrate self-awareness and genuineness during sessions, which can help you feel more comfortable about being honest and sharing your true thoughts and feelings with the therapist. This is also known as “congruence” in person-centered therapy.
Unconditional Positive Regard
With person-centered therapy, you can feel completely at ease and talk openly about your problems and situations without fear of judgment, as your therapist will accept you as you are without conditions. The goal is to help you understand and feel that you are valued just as you are so that you may grow to your full potential and experience healing.
Empathy is the ability to understand what someone else is feeling and experiencing. Your therapist will demonstrate empathy during client-centered therapy sessions to foster a positive relationship with you and to help you gain greater insight into your unique situation.