Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers was one of the founders of the humanistic approach to psychotherapy.  Elements of Rogerian theory have been incorporated as crucial elements of most therapist’s approach.  These include –

  1. The paramount importance of the therapeutic bound between the client and the therapist
  2. Therapist genuineness
  3. Positive regard for the client
  4. Therapist empathy

While most therapists practicing today would agree that these are essential elements of successful therapy, they would also say they are not enough.  Many, many clinical trials have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is more effective, result in better outcomes, and achieves results more quickly. So while the therapists at Deer Valley Counseling respect Carl Rogers for the contributions he has made, they prefer to use CBT, including those elements of CBT incorporated from Rogerian theory.

If you would like to learn more about Carl Rogers and his approach to and contributions to therapy, here are some books you might read—

On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy

Carl Rogers: The Quiet Revolutionary an Oral History


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