Person Centered Therapy

Person Centered Therapy

Therapy isn’t a one-size-fits all solution.

Because everyone brings their own set of struggles and strengths to the table.

That’s why we believe in choosing a therapy method that’s the best fit for you as an individual.

If you’re a motivated, self-starter type who wants to take a front seat in your psychological development, then we have just the method for you.

It’s called Person Centered Therapy.

And just like the name says, it’s therapy centered and driven by you.

This alternative form of therapy is great for people who want to take control of their progress so that they can witness real change, fast.

Person Centered Therapy is rooted in the assumption that all humans have the innate ability to solve their own problems and reach their own goals. 

This theory emphasizes the importance of self-motivation and self-direction, with the therapist as a supporter, rather than a leader or guru.

Yep, that means you’re in the driver’s seat.

This model diverges from traditional talk therapy because we will take a step back by offering an empathetic approach that empowers and motivates you in the therapy process to reach your own ideal self. 

You will be able to grow psychologically in an environment that supports meaningful change and you’ll be able to actualize your best self in a way that’s conducive to long-term maintenance.


Person Centered Therapy is considered a non-directive form of talk therapy. 

It encourages the client to lead the conversation while we are simply there to provide “unconditional positive regard,” which allows you to trust your own experience and bolster your own values.  

Basically consider us your cheerleader.

This means we will refrain from judgment for any reason, while providing a source of complete acceptance and unwavering support for whatever you are going through. 

Research has proven that when clients experience unconditional positive regard from their therapists, they are more likely to feel accepted and valued.

When we feel accepted and valued, we have an easier time developing a greater sense of self-worth. 

And we’re all about that!

It’s pretty intuitive—the desire to be seen and accepted is a basic human need and can be very powerful in kick starting motivation for real change.

Another factor in deciding if PCT is the right fit for you depends on your relationship and dynamic with your therapist.

Building a trusting relationship with your therapist is key for your success with this method.


Let’s take a look at the 6 necessary factors that will determine if PCT is the right fit for you, according to

  1. Therapist-Client Psychological Contact: This condition is that a relationship between therapist and client must exist in order for the client to achieve positive personal change. The following five factors are characteristics of the therapist-client relationship, and they may vary by degree.
  2. Client Incongruence or Vulnerability: A discrepancy between the client’s self-image and their actual experience of themselves leaves them vulnerable to fears and anxieties. The client is often unaware of the incongruence.
  3. Therapist Congruence or Genuineness: The therapist should be self-aware, genuine, and congruent. This doesn’t imply that the therapist is a picture of perfection, but simply that the therapist is showing up authentically within the therapeutic relationship.
  4. Therapist Unconditional Positive Regard: The clients’ experiences—positive or negative—should be accepted by the therapist without any conditions or judgment. That way the client can share experiences openly and comfortably.
  5. Therapist Empathy: The therapist demonstrates empathic understanding of the clients’ experiences without getting emotionally involved.
  6. Client Perception: To some degree, the client perceives the therapist’s unconditional positive regard and empathic understanding the way the therapist communicates and behaves.  

PCT facilitates self-discovery and personal growth, eliminates or mitigates feelings of distress, increases self-esteem and self-acceptance, and provides a means toward healing and positive growth. 

While it may seem difficult to find the internal motivation needed to achieve your goals, that is where our therapists step in.

At My LA Therapy, we will help you find the strength and motivation needed to reach your goals, and create the foundation necessary to create greater freedom, empowerment, and peace.  


Therapy can successfully improve your life by helping you minimize the anxiety in your life, identifying and changing underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and providing you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.

See the About Therapy page for a deeper look into this process. 

Our evidence-based, scientifically proven interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in addressing a wide range of mental health conditions and helping people achieve their goals.

Learn more about our empirically based therapy modalities by visiting our Methods page. 


If you have any questions, contact one of our Person Centered Therapy specialists for a free consultation any time.


  1. Simply Psychology
  2. Psychology Today
  3. Positive Psychology

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