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Person centered therapy (PCT) is also known as client centered therapy and Rogerian psychotherapy. PCT is a form of talk therapy developed by psychologist Carl Rogers. The goal is to provide clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self wherein they can realize how their attitudes, feelings and behavior are being negatively affected and make an effort to find their true positive potential. In this technique, therapists create a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating congruence, empathy, and unconditional positive regard toward their clients while using a non-directive approach. This aids clients in finding their own solutions to their problems.

Rogers identified six primary factors that promote growth. Rogers also suggested that when these conditions are met, the person will move toward a constructive fulfillment of potential.

The six Factors Necessary for Growth in Rogerian Theory:

  1. Therapist-Client Psychological Contact
  2. Client Incongruence
  3. Therapist Congruence
  4. Therapist Unconditional Positive Regard
  5. Therapist Empathic understanding
  6. Client Perception

Reference:
 

Corey, Gerald. Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy. 6th ed. Belmont,CA.: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2001.