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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Related to my interest in Feminist Therapy, I also use Humanistic approaches in my work. By this, I mean that in our work together, we will consider all parts of you and help you to realize your full potential in life. I believe that we are each greater than the sum of our parts and that we are better people and more engaged in our lives and our communities when we have greater understanding of ourselves and others.

— Marla Cass, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA

My training and experience have emphasized humanistic, person-centered approaches to psychotherapy.

— Chanel Brown, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I provide mindfulness, acceptance and compassion based therapy.

— Allison Glorioso, Mental Health Counselor in Fort Myers, FL

I believe counseling should be built on a foundation of support, non-judgment, empathy and trust.

— Eliza McBride, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

Mostly coming from a Strengths-Based perspective, I believe everyone comes with strengths and positive qualities that they might have overlooked or could not see until therapy.

— Leslie Faulkner, Counselor

Humanistic therapy is all about focusing on the connecting pieces that make us human. We'll discuss the shared nature of experiences.

— Courtney Latham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

My Master's Degree is from a psychology program that specialized in Humanistic Therapy.

— Leticia Berg, Psychotherapist in Ann Arbor, MI

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SACRAMENTO, CA

Humanistic theories of therapy generally mirror the basic techniques of therapy taught to all social workers during their master's program. In other words I strive to be client-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, and authentic. I try to blend pragmatism and warmth and adapt to your needs, even when that means some limited strategic self-disclosure or directive guidance when requested. But creating a safe and nourishing space is always a prerequisite to the use of other techniques.

— Samuel Wilson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kensington, MD

Humanistic Therapy has a strong basis in self-acceptance and the potential of the therapeutic relationship to support this process. This approach seeks to build greater congruence between our inner feelings and their outer expression. "Unconditional Positive Regard" by the therapist for their client is a hallmark of this approach.

— Paul Chilkov, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

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

The most important factor for people achieving their goals in therapy is client-therapist match. I embrace Humanistic Therapy's tenets of empathy and honesty. The therapist is not the "expert" in the client's life, rather, the client has all the power within them to change. The job of the therapist is to act as a compassionate coach, challenging the client, and at the same time being real and authentic.

— Michael Ceely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

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

Also known as humanism, humanistic therapy is a positive approach to psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s individual nature, rather than categorizing groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems. 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 wisdo

— Toby Williams, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

My humanistic values show through in my work with people. These values include my beliefs that each person has inherent value, dignity, and worth. These beliefs help me to be warm, empathic, and non-judgmental.

— Amber Holt, Clinical Social Worker in Gig Harbor, WA

I am passionate about working with my clients to enhance the quality of their lives. As a counselor, I believe we can address your self-limiting beliefs and work on building a self-concept that supports your growth. Your journey back into yourself doesn't have to be one you make alone. Let’s honor your mind, body, and spirit by practicing healing that engages your intuition and allows you to enter a new space of knowing.

— Olivia Clear, Counselor in Oakland, CA

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

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 afraid. No shame. No blame. Compassionate accountability.

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