Person Centered Experience

The Person Centered Experience In The Words Of Some Of Our Members

We can practice expressing ourselves in an authentic and congruent way, and observe the impact on us as others are more or less congruent.

“I don’t have to hold back—I can be and fully express who I am at any moment. I can be who I am, an experience that is very freeing—I am OK. It calls out the best in me—I am expressing the best that I am, and so are others. I can see and appreciate others in their full beauty and richness.”

Jackie Hicks

Executive Director, Education Transformations

We can practice expressing ourselves in an authentic and congruent way, and observe the impact on us as others are more or less congruent.

“I feel very able to be who I really am—that I can say anything, that I am being who I really am.”

Keynan Hobbs

Clinical Nurse Specialist, PTSD Clinical Team, VA San Diego Healthcare System

We can practice expressing ourselves in an authentic and congruent way, and observe the impact on us as others are more or less congruent.

“Rogers discovered some things that worked, then I began my own self discovery at that point when I read them. The fun of it is to discover the richness of the Person Centered Approach as it applies in my life. I see it as a beacon and guide that enables me to express myself authentically, to develop a deeper understanding of others, of who and where they are.”

Antonio Monteiro

Co-Director, Center for Studies of the Person

Unconditional acceptance is a challenge for many of us, as we come into contact with the judgmental and intolerant parts of ourselves which are activated by meeting individual differences.

“I want to be alive now—that is important, it’s not about what I leave behind. This is the flame, the fire I want to be—that is more than just being myself. I get to discover, to go on my discovery path. I disarm myself enough to become aware of my experiencing body, mind, and soul. I learn something new about my life-world, I/it are new.”

Carla Gerstein

VP Business Development, Education Transformations

We can observe the reactions that arise within us as we respond to others, the resistance that arises from within as we struggle to accept others in their uniqueness, difference and diversity, without needing or requiring them to change their way of being as a condition for acceptance.

“It is a place with others where I can also hear who they are, not in a judging mode. Treasuring and being with myself and others is a valuable and important experience.”

Elizabeth Wepsic

This makes our community a place where we can feel listened to and understood, express ourselves openly and authentically and feel fully accepted for who we are. It is a place to be together, to take risks. It is about accepting each other as we are, as being o.k. with that, not needing or trying to change anything about the other or about ourselves. Once I am o.k. with myself and can accept who I am, the process is free to continue and change is the inevitable outcome. Acceptance of ourselves and others opens the door to change. It is a process that is ever unfolding, ever moving.

“The flame is not static, not frozen, it is a living, on-going, evolving thing. I am concerned with keeping the fire burning, alive. I am trying to start a fire, a big fire. It’s all about transformation—individual, societal—while not taking away from other people who are trying to keep the fire burning in their own way.”

Ray De Lagrave

Co-Director, Center for Studies of the Person

Upcoming Events

Annual Conference

Our theme this year - Finding inner strength, connection and opportunity in times of crisis is particularly apt given the challenges all of us are facing.  We’re adapting to the Corona-challenge by moving this year’s conference to an e-format via Zoom. We are compressing our agenda into three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 7 - August 9, making it easier to fit into people’s schedules.

Csp E-community

These meetings take place weekly on Friday's from 12 noon to 3PM, Pacific Daylight Time.  We generally have around 14 people attending from around the US and the world.  The purpose is to allow attendees to feel Community and Support as we Encounter with one another. The meeting is open to all CSP members, as well as to others who the members may recommend. An online Zoom meeting.

PCA International

Antonio Santos is hosting a weekly PCA International Zoom meeting, which is held on alternating Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6AM Pacific Daylight Time. This start time accommodates the needs of attendees who are spread across the globe.  The meeting runs for two hours, and is well attended by members of the International PCA Community - CSP and others.