Person-Centered Therapy | Person Focused Therapy | Client-Centered Counselling in Edmonton

Person-centered therapy, also known as client-centered therapy or Rogerian therapy, is a humanistic approach to psychotherapy developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. It is based on the belief that individuals have within themselves the capacity for self-understanding, growth, and healing, and that they are the best experts on their own experiences and needs. The primary goal of person-centered counselling is to facilitate this self-awareness and self-acceptance in clients, empowering them to find their own solutions to their problems and to lead fulfilling lives.

Here are some key principles of Person or Client-Centered Therapy:

Unconditional Positive Regard: The therapist provides a nonjudgmental, accepting, and empathetic environment in which clients feel valued and respected regardless of their thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. This unconditional positive regard creates a safe space to explore emotions and experiences without fear of criticism or rejection.

Empathy: The therapist strives to understand the client’s perspective by actively listening and empathizing with their feelings and experiences. Through reflective listening and mirroring, the therapist communicates understanding and validation, helping clients to gain insight into their own thoughts and emotions.

Congruence or Genuineness: The therapist is authentic and genuine in their interactions with clients, expressing their thoughts, feelings, and reactions openly and honestly. By being congruent, the therapist fosters trust and rapport with clients, creating a genuine and authentic therapeutic relationship.

Client-Centered Approach: Person-centered therapy is inherently client-directed, meaning that the client is seen as the expert in their own life and is responsible for their own growth and development. The therapist acts as a facilitator, providing support, guidance, and encouragement as clients explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

In person-centered counselling, the therapeutic process unfolds through a collaborative partnership between the client and therapist, with the therapist serving as a compassionate guide who helps the client to tap into their own inner resources and strengths. The focus is on the present moment experiences of the client, rather than dwelling on past traumas or future worries.

Techniques commonly used in a person-centered approach to therapy include active listening, reflection, empathy, and open-ended questioning. The therapist refrains from offering advice, interpretations, or solutions, instead allowing the client to lead the way and discover their own insights and solutions.

Welling Centre has a psychotherapist on staff that specializes in Person-Focused Therapy.

Meet Carly Colasimone. To learn more about her approach to therapy, read her profile below.


Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Provisional Psychologist

Each 50-minute session with Carly is available for a $175 fee and may be eligible for extended health benefits through some insurance companies.

Carly is an empathic, thoughtful, and easy-going individual who is devoted to helping those going through stressful and difficult times. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is now both a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Provisional Psychologist.

Carly has been influenced by the work of Carl Rogers, Carl Jung, and Alfred Adler. She works from a client-centered or person-centered approach with the belief that clients are the experts of their own lives. She emphasizes building strong therapeutic relationships. Carly sees her clients and herself as fellow travelers on a journey towards healing and self-actualization. Carly’s goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for all her clients. Her clinical interests include working with depression, stress, and anxiety. There has been a rise of interest in psychedelics. Carly has been trained in psychedelic integration therapy, in order to promote harm reduction.

During her undergraduate degree Carly was a peer counsellor for students with disabilities. While working on her Master’s degree she volunteered for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, where she worked with youth and women who were at risk of becoming criminalized.

In her spare time, Carly is also a kickboxing instructor. She has a passion for helping individuals work on their health and wellness goals. When she is not working, you can catch Carly cuddling up with her two miniature dachshunds.

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