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Humanistic Therapies

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“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change”, Carl Rogers, one of the founders of the Humanistic approach.

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What is humanistic psychology?

Humanistic approaches are based on the belief that we all naturally gravitate towards goodness. Difficult life experiences might block or distort our ability to reach our potential, but with the right support, we all have the ability to learn from our mistakes and get back on track. With this in mind, a humanistic therapist will work to create a supportive space where you’ll be able to explore yourself in confidence, and work towards developing your own mental, emotional and spiritual growth.


A humanistic therapist will encourage you to take an active role in your therapy. Working on the basis that the individual themselves inherently knows what’s best for them, instead of acting as an authority figure, a humanistic therapist will aim to meet you as an equal throughout your treatment. For this reason, empathy lies at the heart of all humanistic approaches, allowing the therapist to connect with you at your level and thereby explore experiences through your eyes.

Your session

Instead of setting goals for you, a humanistic therapist will encourage you to set your own goals which you’ll work towards in your sessions. In this way, your therapist will be working to draw your attention to the power of your own free will and choice in changing any behaviour that doesn’t serve you.

The focus of your sessions will be on exploring your present circumstances rather than necessarily looking for a root cause from childhood. Humanistic approaches consider focusing too heavily on the past or future damages our experience of the here and now. In order to reach our full potential (Self-Actualisation), the real focus must be on developing ourselves as we are today.

Length of therapy

Given the self-exploratory style of humanistic therapies, treatment can be either short-term or long-term, suited to the individual’s own needs. As such, most humanistic therapists will normally suggest an initial commitment of around 6 sessions, at which point there’ll be an opportunity to check-in and decide whether you’d like to continue your treatment further.

Who can benefit from humanistic therapies?

Humanistic therapies are especially suited to anyone feeling lost, struggling with low self-esteem or looking to feel better about themselves overall. Therapists will also often work with people suffering from specific conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and schizophrenia.

Rooted in self-exploration, these kinds of approaches can help you increase self-awareness and direct you towards finding a greater sense of purpose in life.

Finding a humanistic therapist near me

Whatever you're struggling with, we have a range of humanistic therapists that can help. Speak to one of our team to get help to find a therapist today.

Types of Humanistic Therapies

Transpersonal psychology

Transpersonal psychology centres around furthering spiritual development, and exploring what lies ‘beyond the person’. Transpersonal therapy will help you explore your spirituality to find greater purpose in life.

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Transactional analysis

Transactional analysis explores ‘ego states’ which are behaviours learnt from childhood that we continue to play out in our adult lives. Transactional analysis will help you recognise how ego states impact your daily interactions, and develop a healthier balance between them.

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Solution-focused brief therapy

Solution-focused brief therapy is focused on helping you identify and resolve issues quickly and effectively. Solution-focused brief therapy will focus only on present experiences instead of trying to analyse or fix the past.

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Reality therapy

Reality therapy holds that we all have 5 psychological needs: survival, power, freedom, love, belonging and fun. Problems arise when these needs are not met or we try to fulfil them in unhealthy ways. Reality therapy will help to support you in making healthy life choices.

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Person-centred therapy

Person-centred therapy works with three principles: empathy, genuineness and unconditional positive regard. Person-centred therapy uses a non-authoritative approach which will encourage you to identify your issues and find your own resolutions.

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Human givens therapy

Human givens is a solution-focused therapy centred around fulfilling a set of basic human needs. Human givens therapy will help you to identify what’s missing in your life and work on areas where you feel your emotional needs are not being met.

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Gestalt therapy

Gestalt therapy draws a focus towards how you’re feeling in the present rather than exploring past events. Gestalt therapy uses mind-body techniques that will help you revisit and then release blocked emotions.

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Existential therapy

Existential therapy places an emphasis on finding your own unique purpose in life. Supporting you to explore challenges yourself, existential therapy aims to guide you towards finding greater meaning in life.

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