Humanistic Therapies

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change”. Carl Rogers, Founding Father of Humanistic Therapy.

What is Humanistic Therapy?

This approach focuses on an individual as a whole. The focus is on self-development, growth and responsibility. The emphasis is on an individual’s strength, building their capabilities and self-exploration to reach their potential.

The approach

The Humanistic therapist will put you at the centre of things and aims to provide an atmosphere of trust and empathy. The therapy will be directed by you to develop your own growth and healing, exploring your feelings and emotions in the here-and-now with the support of a caring, attentive therapist.

The session

A Humanist Therapist will not set goals for you; you set the goals towards your own personal development. Your intuition is encouraged, and the solutions are found within yourself. Your therapist will listen to you and not make decisions for you.

Length of session

Your therapy can either be short-term or long-term, depending on your needs. Your therapist may suggest that an initial commitment of 6 weeks is suitable before you decide to continue in your treatment.

Who benefits from Humanistic therapies?

If you are feeling lost, struggling with low self-esteem and want to feel better, Humanistic therapy may be for you. Humanistic therapy can treat anxiety, depression, panic disorders, relationship issues, schizophrenia and addiction.

Find a Humanistic therapy 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

Person-centred therapy

Person-centred therapy is based on the belief that everyone has the capacity and desire to change, given the right conditions. The therapist focus is on your self-worth and values and offers unconditional positive regards, congruence and empathy.

Existential therapy

Existential therapy is about exploring a person’s inner conflict, and anxiety people may experience when confronted with life’s ultimate concerns, such as the inevitability of death, freedom and its responsibilities, isolation and meaninglessness. Existential therapy places emphasis on finding your own unique purpose in life. Supporting you to explore challenges yourself and aims to guide you toward finding greater meaning in life.[1]

Gestalt therapy

Gestalt therapy focuses on the here-and-now and your immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour to better understand how you relate to others and situations. Rather than exploring past events. Therapists use mind-body techniques that will help you revisit and then release blocked emotions.

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. Solution-focused therapy can be especially helpful to those who are goal-orientated and have a desire to change.

Transpersonal/ Psychosynthesis therapy

Transpersonal/ Psychosynthesis therapy brings together your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual attributes to encourage personal development. Psychosynthesis is useful for people seeking a new, more spiritually oriented vision of themselves to enable change and growth. Transpersonal psychology means “beyond the personal” and seeks to discover the person who transcends an individual’s body, age, appearance, culture etc. Transpersonal therapy will help you explore your spirituality to find greater purpose in life.[2]

Transactional analysis

Transactional Analysis aims to bring individuals into a safe therapeutic space in the here-and-now, which encourages them to become autonomous, creative and maintain self-awareness. Transactional Analysis will help you recognise how your personality impacts your daily interactions and develop healthier relationships.

[1] BACP. (2018). Types of therapy an A-Z of therapeutic approaches. [Online]. Available from: https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/

[2] BACP. (2018). Types of therapy an A-Z of therapeutic approaches. [Online]. Available from: https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/