While cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely used psychotherapy approach in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, there are alternatives a therapist may prefer to use in a given case.
One of the more common alternate approaches is “person-centered therapy”, also known as “client-centered” or “Rogerian” therapy, after the main premise of the approach or the original developer, Carl Rogers.1,2
Here, we’ll explain what this approach involves as well as its benefits and drawbacks for SUD psychotherapy treatment. If you’re interested in an alternative approach to your therapy sessions, please consult your therapist. You can get in touch with Dallas Drug Treatment Centers to find treatment and rehabilitation programs in Dallas-Fort Worth that specialize in SUD.
Person-centered therapy was developed in the 1940s by psychologist Carl Rogers. It was a breakthrough in psychotherapy as it used a more empathic, nondirective approach to treatment compared to psychoanalysis, the main approach used at the time.1,2
The main premise is that all people have the desire and ability to improve themselves and that each person knows best how to do this. The role of the therapist is to listen, empathize, and build a relationship with the client that allows them to make structured improvements of their own.1,2
Person-centered therapy, while superficially similar to other psychotherapy types like cognitive-behavioral therapy, has some distinct characteristics that set it apart.
Achieving a full recovery from SUD often involves trying out different psychotherapy approaches, even after rehab. Ask your therapist if person-centered therapy might be right for you. If you’re in the North Texas region, you can call Dallas Drug Treatment Centers at +1(214) 935-2287 to find drug and alcohol rehab and aftercare programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that use person-centered therapy or other approaches.