Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic therapy, also known as humanism, is a therapeutic approach that combines mindfulness and behavioral therapy, with positive social support. Humanistic therapy is grounded in the belief that people are innately good. The focus is on the individual client’s experience, with humanistic therapists believing that that approach is more beneficial and informative than a focus on groups of individuals with similar characteristics. Emphasis is given to creativity, free will, and human potential, with a focus on a person’s positive traits and their ability to use their personal instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within themselves. This type of therapy encourages a self-awareness and mindfulness that helps the client change their state of mind and behavior from one set of reactions to a healthier one with more productive and thoughtful actions. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s humanistic therapy experts.

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Therapy focuses on the whole person and not just what has occurred. I work collaboratively and look at the client through holistically and how they are coping; emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

Humanistic Therapy is at the center of all that I do. This entails true compassion for the person you are working with and knowing that the person has the tools they need to heal and succeed inside of them. In this viewpoint, I am not telling you what to do or diminishing all the knowledge and power that you have, but instead, I am helping to guide your process of growth and development along your healing journey.

— John Brancato, Mental Health Counselor in Forest Hills, NY

Once complicated feminine experience came to light, terms like ‘objective’ began to define what experience was real & good. Well-being was about some kind of transcendence only available to those who already had safety & freedom. Too many folx have neither. They reach their potential here in the muck of daily life & would flourish in the absence of oppression. My humanistic lens finds the truth of subjective experience for Whole-people-in-context that are unique, inherently good, & autonomous.

— Sarah Kendrick, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

In congruence with CBT and Contemplative Therapy, Humanistic Therapy allows further exploration of our true self. Utilizing the strengths that we hold, emboldens the areas that are not as strong. I work to help empower individuals, couples and families, to identify their own unique view of the world and integrate that view in a productive manner.

— MICHAEL ROSE, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

Humanistic therapy looks at the whole person, not only from the therapist’s view but from the viewpoint of individuals observing their own behavior. The emphasis is on a person’s positive traits and behaviors, and the ability to use their personal instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within themselves.

— Lindsay Lorson, Clinical Social Worker in La Vernia, TX

My schooling focused around the innate strengths we all have as humans. I believe in the capacity of humans to use their intrinsic abilities to successfully navigate through their live to create a life worth living. We all can live up to our full potentials.

— Jessica Butler, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

A foundation of humanistic therapy is recognizing the potential of each individual and helping them to actualize this. Everyone, at times, struggles in actualizing their potential. Roadblocks to personal growth often lead to anxiety, doubt, insecurity, and depression. Self-awareness, self-acceptance, and growth toward actualizing one's potential are important components of overcoming a variety of personal, emotional, ad relational problems.

— Louis Hoffman, Psychologist in Colorado Springs, CO

I believe we are all capable of finding our true, whole selves and that each individual is on their own unique path to reaching connection with who they are. I believe my clients are the authority on their own lives and experiences, and my aim is to develop stronger feelings of independence and self-trust rather than reliance on a therapist. I like to focus on what comes up in the here-and-now, though I do integrate psychodynamic connections to your past to understand the present experience.

— Darcy Dittrich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

"Whatever your story, you no longer need to be alone with it. This is what will allow your healing to begin."~ Carl Rogers. Rogers believed that the therapeutic relationship was at the forefront of the healing process. As a Person-Centered therapist, I take the time to build that therapeutic trust, so that you can feel comfortable, safe and supported. The direction of therapy is your choice as i am here to support you and walk alongside you on this journey to growth and healing.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, OR

If you're human, chances are you have experienced some sort of angst. I see the humanistic and person-centered approaches as two sides of the same coin. As a secular humanist, my values closely align with this methodology in that I love helping my clients realize that they have everything they need to cope with reality. People often just need to be shown how to rediscover their strengths and reminded that it's ok to not be ok.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

I am an expert in humanistic therapy because my experience has taught me that a therapist is never the expert on your problem or situation, you are. Humanistic therapy supports this and states that you and I together can work to come up with resources that you feel are going to be helpful for you and that you have the power to heal yourself and become whole. You are not your diagnosis- there is much more to you than that, and you are in charge of how you change.

— Sydney Koenig, Counselor in Lone Tree, CO

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: you are unique. At this point, it seems cliche, but inspecting the ways in which you are unique provides valuable perspective and insight into the choices that we can make in the here and now. I use humanistic approaches to allow clients to explore who they are and to better understand themselves, their values, and the choices they make.

— Matty Blanc-Paul, Counselor in Boulder, CO

I believe strongly in the inherent worth and potential to heal of every client I see. In our work together we'll help you uncover that worth and potential through a relationship built on acceptance, non-judgement, and respect. To put it simply, the relationship we build together, with you leading the way, is the foundation to you feeling better.

— Rachel Duvall, Clinical Social Worker

An approach that prioritizes the therapeutic relationship. Providing a safe environment, where the client feels understood and accepted. As Carl Rogers said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” The approach includes multiple modalities which all promote looking in oneself for answers and resources.

— Shannon Kilroy, Licensed Professional Counselor

Humanistic psychology (humanism) is grounded in the belief that people are innately good. This type of psychology holds that morality, ethical values, and good intentions are the driving forces of behavior, while adverse social or psychological experiences can be attributed to deviations from natural tendencies. Self actualization is the key here. With all three of my orientations, my goal is that we work together, and I see you as a human, and someone who shares common goals, aspirations, and desires that a majority of us have. By viewing the 'whole' you and how you relate to your world, I gain a clear understanding and capacity to work with you to create a safe space to do the work together. I am right there with you every step of the way.

— Adrian Scharfetter, Sex Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

I co-created a theory called Compassion Based Awareness Therapy. This theory is rooted in Humanistic, Attachment and Zen. The focus is in bringing awareness to your internal dynamics and how these get played out in relationships. We look through the lens of compassion because people CANNOT learn when they are being run by fear or shame. You are not your thoughts, feelings or behavior; these are clues. Collaboratively, with curiosity & compassion, we explore, uncover, unlearn & relearn.

— Laura Carr, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA