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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Therapists are expertly trained in certain theories but they aren't the expert of you - you know yourself best! In sessions, clients uncover and highlight their strengths, explore how they feel at the present moment when discussing certain topics of their choosing, and empower them to identify their unmet needs. The therapist's role is to offer unconditional support to create a brave space where clients uncover truths to help connect them to their authentic selves.

— Shelby Dwyer, Counselor in Boston, MA

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 Based in San Mateo, 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

Humanistic Therapy is often centered on what is most important to you and focuses on achieving that. In other words, when we know where we want to go, we have to figure out how to get there. Therapy can help you achieve just that.

— Jeremy Henderson-Teelucksingh, Counselor

Humanistic therapy focuses on the here and now. The humanistic therapist provides a space of warmth, empathy, and acceptance to meet the client where they are at. In humanistic therapy, there is no power dynamic and we are both equals exploring these issues collaboratively. We may explore different issues in life including freedom, death, isolation, and meaninglessness.

— Joshua Bogart, Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

You're human! I'm human! That's where we're all starting from, meaning that we're therapist and client second. So I know I'm going to mess up from time to time; I invite you to take a chance and mess up sometimes too. Let's own what happens and get into the muck together. In the meantime, I really believe in your strengths (and will highlight them A LOT), and will work SIDE-BY-SIDE with you to figure out what you need and how to get it.

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

We take a humanistic and positive psychiatry approach.

— Bailie Cronin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”- Carl Rogers I am here to walk with you on this destination, to support you, provide you with navigation and tools. To be a witness, a guide and a cheerleader.

— Margaret Bell, Counselor in Denver, CO

We are all connected through our shared experience of being human. Getting to know ourselves is one of the most empowering and healing things we can do. I fully believe that being seen, heard, and witnessed nonjudgmentally by another human is one of the most healing experiences we can have.

— Lindsay Anderson, Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

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

Humanistic therapy focuses on a person’s individual nature. Humanistic therapists aim to consider the whole person, especially their positive characteristics and potential for growth, not only from their professional viewpoint but from a client’s own personal sense of their behavior. The emphasis in sessions is on a person’s positive traits and behaviors and developing their ability to use their instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment.

— Kristen Crowe, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

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 Traverse City, MI

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

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

A humanistic orientation was embedded in all of the course work to earn my master's degree. This has always been my foundation, with any other therapy approach built on top.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

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 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'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

Humanistic Therapy takes a look at the whole person by collaborating the viewpoints of the therapist and the individual in treatment. Humanistic Therapy highlights one’s desired traits and helps one explore their own instincts for growth and healing.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA