Therapists using a humanistic (also called human-/person-centred) approach to therapy focus on your awareness about your here-and-now feelings and thoughts. They work from the assumption you have all the answers yourself because nobody will know better about how you think and feel.

Humanistic psychologists don’t believe in imposed analyses of you. They will tune into your own thoughts, paraphrase what you’re saying, and ask clarifying questions that push your conversation further into self-realisation.

An old, but very insightful 5-part video shows how the founder of humanistic therapy, Carl Rogers, conducted a session with a real person (not actor) called Gloria. The first part starts out with a formal introduction by Rogers himself, whereafter you need to click to the next parts to view the therapy session.

Humanistic therapy is a holistic approach which encourages self-exploration by looking at your past, present and future. It integrates all aspects of your personality (body, mind, emotions, behaviour and spirituality) to help you become more self-aware, authentic, empowered, creative and more ‘whole’ as a person. This approach draws upon many models (e.g. Person-centred, Gestalt and Existential) and holds empathy, non-judgement and unconditional positive regard highly, meaning the relationship you build with your counsellor is just as important as the techniques they use, which encourage your personal growth and help you reach your fullest potential. Humanistic therapy can be long or short-term and is helpful for a broad range of issues, including depression, relationship issues, addictions, anxiety and personality disorders.

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