Aka Person-Centered Therapists
Client-centered therapy, also known as person-centered therapy, is a type of therapy developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1950s. The approach emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client, as well as the client's ability to take an active role in their own therapy.
In client-centered therapy, the therapist provides a non-judgmental, empathetic, and supportive environment for the client to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The therapist seeks to understand the client's perspective and feelings, rather than offering advice or guidance. This is exactly what you will receive at Better Minds Counseling & Services.
One goal of this approach is to empower clients to find their own solutions to their problems, develop their own self-awareness, and make positive changes in their lives. This approach emphasizes the importance of the client's experience, rather than focusing solely on objective measures of progress. Another goal is to help you develop a more positive self-concept and to build self-esteem.
How does this apply to you and working with therapists at Better Minds Counseling & Services?
Rogers (1959) believed that for a person to “grow”, they need an environment that provides them with genuineness (openness and self-disclosure), acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard), and empathy (being listened to and understood).
Therapists at the practice believe these are key components of the therapeutic relationship and within the therapy appointments.
They find that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of working together with clients in therapy. Through the therapeutic relationship, there is openness, trust, and support. Without those, a relationship struggles to exist and in turn, makes it challenging to make progress.
They will use assessments as necessary, however, your experience is most important and how you are navigating these challenges that you face (no matter how big or small).
They will help guide you to explore your experiences when it comes to thoughts and feelings. You may not even know about them or how to describe them… that is perfectly okay, they are here to also help with that. You do not have to have the answers before starting therapy.
Client-centered therapy is often used to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and trauma.