Person-Centered Therapy (PCT)

Person-centered therapy (PCT) refers to a school of psychological treatment that uses a humanistic approach focusing on the human need for self-actualization and emphasizes healthy psychological growth. PCT can also be known as client-centered therapy, Rogerian psychotherapy, and the non-directional approach. It was developed by Carl Rogers in the mid Twentieth century and places emphasis on the role of the client/patient in the treatment process. The therapist takes a non-directional "backseat" role and the client (Rogers preferred using the term 'client' over 'patient') is in control of their treatment. Self-esteem, individual potential, and openness to new experiences were important components in this type of therapy.

For instance, this can be where a person who doesn't appear to have any specific emotional or behavioral problem seeks help to "get more out of life" such as enhancing relationships or getting ahead at work.

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