About Client-Centered Therapy
Created by Carl Rogers, client-centered therapy is a treatment modality that is utilized by many clinicians in the mental health field. There are oftentimes many misunderstandings regarding the technique, including claims that it is nothing more than having a therapist agree with a client no matter what is said and having a therapist nod in agreement and say "Mmm hmm" after every response from a client. Therapists who practice client-centered therapy are very active with their clients, utilizing three key characteristics:
1. Genuineness - Therapists should be as honest and open as possible, which in turn allows the client to feel safe and do the same.
2. Unconditional Positive Regard - Therapists should be completely accepting and understanding of a client during sessions. This encourages clients to explore any topic without fear of judgement, thus promoting therapeutic movement.
3. Empathic Understanding - Therapists should try and understand completely what a client is going through in the moment. By being this reflective mirror, clients are able to understand their innermost thoughts and feelings, giving them a clearer picture of who they are and how they think.
By utilizing these three key components, clients can better process themselves and the world around them, thus changing problematic thoughts and behaviors.
More information about client-centered therapy can be found at the following links:
Client-Centered Therapy - www.psychology.about.com
In-Depth Look at Person Centered Therapy - www.simplypsychology.org
For those in the Chicagoland area, Chicago Counseling Associates provides excellent client-centered therapy to those looking for it!