Person-Centered Experiential Therapy



Do you pride yourself on being the kind of clinician who meets the client where they are? If so, then implementing Person-Centered Experiential Therapy (PCET) can be pivotal to your practice. Carl Rogers, the founder of Person-Centered Therapy, believed that the client was the expert in their experience of healing and posited that the role of the therapist was to promote unconditional positive regard in order to foster self-awareness. Additionally, Experiential Therapy deeper investigates the client’s past to help them become “unstuck” by processing the experiences of their past while planning for the freedom that future holds. 

When combined, Person-Centered Experiential Therapy possesses the capability of empowering both the clinician and the client in achieving the results that allow them to present their unhindered selves to the world.

In this presentation, we will uncover the expanding roles of the therapist and client while analyzing how nurturing the therapeutic relationship with this approach can promote long-term benefits. 


  • Recognize the tenets of both Person-Centered and Experiential Therapies for implementation.
  • Discuss the efficacy of both therapeutic approaches and their historical implications.
  • Describe the role of the therapist and client within PCET.
  • Determine the characteristics of a client’s best fit when utilizing this approach.
  • Assist clients in taking a leadership role in their experiences to reduce the “bystander effect”.
  • Demonstrate the therapeutic process using PCET in vivo.
  • Explore similarities of PCET and principles of Positive Psychology for therapeutic development.
  • Establish considerations for various cohorts including multicultural groups, substance use disorders, and trauma.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 32
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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      Person-Centered Experiential Therapy

Crystal J. Lockett-Thomas is a Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider, Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified Counselor based in Texas who received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron. She has extensive experience in working with at-risk youth, concentrating on assisting them in developing healthy perspectives and building high emotional intelligence. She has worked for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department aiding juvenile offenders, specifically those who committed violent crimes, fostering the process of building empathy and reducing recidivism.

Ms. Thomas has training and certification in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused therapies and Moral Reconation Therapy and currently assists adolescents and adults address a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self-injury. She has found success in treating ADHD, PTSD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as numerous Affective Disorders.

Crystal also has experience with adults dealing with co-morbid disorders and employs a collaborative approach with her clients in order to produce the most effective outcomes. Additionally, as Clinical Director, she is responsible for providing support and training for other therapeutic staff members in her private practice agency in order to enhance the overall client experience. In her spare time, she serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Collin College educational system.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 6:30 PM EST.