Person-centered therapy, also known as humanistic therapy, was developed in the 1940s by American psychologist Carl Rogers. Person-centered therapy is based on the belief that people have an innate goodness inside them that wants to emerge. This approach runs counter to the type of psychoanalytic thinking that supports many forms of behavioral therapy.
Compared to the various types of behavioral therapy, the role of the therapist in a person-centered therapy treatment program is far more passive and diminutive. Practitioners of patient-centered therapy believe that a person will be able to solve his or her own problems provided the following four conditions are met:
- The person has a supportive environment
- The person is held in unconditional high regard; i.e. valued for who they are
- The person is accepted for who they
- The person receives empathy and understanding from their therapist
Person-centered therapy is considered to be an effective treatment technique for substance addiction as well as a number of mental health disorders. Of particular importance to those battling a substance addiction, this approach is known for helping patients improve their self-image and increase their self-esteem.
The residential treatment program at the Asana Recovery Center offers a variety of different behavioral therapy options to ensure our patients have access to the comprehensive care they need. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.