Treatment programs, both residential and outpatient, have to provide a variety of mental health therapy modalities to meet the varying needs of its different residents. Because we know that each person who comes to us for treatment is unique, even if they share a common mental health diagnosis, Mile High Recovery Center utilizes a full spectrum of addiction therapies, including person-centered therapy.
Person-centered therapy is non-directive talk therapy that allows clients to take the lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover solutions independently. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without changing the course of the conversation. The therapist encourages and supports the client and guides the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery. Contact Mile High Recovery Center at 303-268-2144 to learn more about person-centered therapy in Denver.
The Foundations of Person-Centered Therapy
In the early 20th century, there were two basic approaches to psychotherapy: behaviorism and psychoanalysis. Behaviorists believe that humans are conditioned to act in specific ways based on a system of rewards and punishments and that using reinforcements in particular ways changes behaviors. Psychoanalysts believe that innate internal instincts and unconscious motivations drive behavior. While these approaches provide incredible insight into human behavior, they do not consider the whole person.
Humanistic therapy emerged in the 1950s in response to the limitations of behaviorism and psychoanalysis. The foundation of humanistic therapy is the belief that everyone has free will, and a unique way of perceiving the world influences their choices and actions. Other major tenants of the humanistic approach to therapy include:
- You are the one who best understands your experiences and needs
- Humans are good at their core and are naturally driven to better themselves
- People strive to self-actualize and achieve their greatest potential
- Giving people unconditional positive regard provides the best opportunity for growth
- A person’s unique, subjective experiences should be the focus of therapy
- Therapy should focus on the person as a whole
If how you view yourself and the world around you influences your thoughts and behaviors, then a negative outlook will negatively affect your life. With humanistic approaches like person-centered therapy, your therapist will guide you in exploring ways to grow and develop the self-acceptance needed to reach your full potential.
How Does Person-Centered Therapy in Denver Work?
Person-centered therapy, also known as Rogerian therapy, originated in the work of the American psychologist Carl Rogers, a humanist who believed that all of us have the power to find the best solutions for ourselves and make appropriate changes in our lives. Person-centered therapy removes the therapist from the traditional role of expert or leader and allows clients to use their understanding of their experiences are a platform for healing. The effectiveness of person-centered therapy relies on:
- Unconditional positive regard–Therapists must be empathetic and non-judgemental in conveying understanding, confidence, and trust that encourage clients to make their own choices and decisions.
- Empathetic understanding–Therapists completely understand and accept the clients’ thoughts and feelings.
- Congruence–Therapists have no sense of authority or professional superiority but present a truly accessible self that clients see is honest and transparent.
Therapists frequently repeat or restate the clients’ words to understand thoughts and feelings completely instead of making interpretations. When clients hear their own words repeated, they may choose to self-edit to clarify. This process may be repeated several times until the client is satisfied with their expression of thoughts and feelings.
Call Mile High Recovery Center for Person-Centered Therapy in Denver
Mile High Recovery Center offers a person-centered therapy program in Denver. We understand that a cookie-cutter approach to therapy does not work. We provide a range of treatments to meet each client’s unique needs. Other therapies include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
- Equine therapy
- Adventure therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
Contact us today using our online form or calling 303-268-2144 to learn more about person-centered therapy in Denver at Mile High Recovery Center.