Rogerian Therapy is a style of psychotherapy which is typically diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as being the expert and instead utilises a nondirective, empathic therapy approach that empowers and motivates the client within the therapeutic process.
The therapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s and is based on Rogers’s belief that every human being strives for and has the capacity to fulfil his or her own personal potential. Rogerian therapy has had a tremendous impact on the field of psychotherapy and many other disciplines.
Rogerian Psychotherapeutic Theory
Instead of viewing people as inherently flawed, with problematic behaviours and thoughts that require treatment, person centred therapists recognise that each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change. This natural human inclination or self-actualization can be likened to the way that other living organisms strive toward balance, order, and greater complexity.
Rogers believed that “Individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and self-directed behaviour; these resources can be tapped if a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.”
Our psychotherapeutic professionals adhere to Rogerian philosophy and are able to recognize and trust human potential, providing clients with empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate change.
Instead of directing the course of therapy the therapist follows the client’s lead whenever possible. Instead, the therapist offers support, guidance, and structure so that the client can discover personalized solutions within themselves.