Humanistic and Person-Centered Therapy is a therapeutic approach strongly influenced by Carl Rogers, whose person-centered or client-centered perspective focused on the patient’s ability for self-direction and understanding in personality development.
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD IS AT THE HEART OF THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP. I APPROACH THERAPY WITH THE INHERENT UNDERSTANDING AND BELIEF THAT MY PATIENTS HAVE THE ABILITY TO DIRECT THEIR OWN LIVES AND THE POTENTIAL TO ACHIEVE THEIR OWN GOALS.
Much like Stolorow’s therapeutic comportment model, Rogers’ approach is nonjudgmental and empathic. Active listening, warmth, acceptance, and the client-therapist relationship are all paramount to the success of humanistic therapy. A main goal of humanistic therapy is to allow patients to develop a stronger and healthier sense of self and to “self-actualise” or “become” one’s potentialities.
Humanistic psychotherapy is less based on the medical model or pathology and focuses instead on the healthy aspects of a person’s life. It is a science of human experience, valuing the actual lived experience of the client rather than any goals that a therapist may bring to the work. The therapist’s role, instead, is to provide empathy and a relationship based on respect and trust through active listening and support for the client to steer the therapy work.