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

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

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

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

Carl Rogers taught us to value the client, not to look down on them like idiots who do not know what is going on in their own life. Therapists should collaborate with the client with sincere respect. One of the chief cornerstones is genuineness with the client. A sincere relationship, not just a simple paid cold-hearted client.

— Monte Miller, Psychologist in Austin, TX

This approach is based on focusing on your potential and your desires to make positive changes in your life in order to find fulfillment. This is client driven in order to have a better understanding of yourself by exploring the impact of the past in the present, the now, and where you want to go in order to unleash your true self.

— Silvia Torres, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garden City, NY

I am a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator; this helps me support my clients around topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. The work invites people to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

— Amy Emery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MA

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

I take an Internalized Oppression framework approach to therapy, which identifies the core needs (belonging, safety, trusting their thinking and feeling, power, love, and hope) that individuals did not receive earlier in life. These core needs are essential for the individual and couples to living their most authentic and confident selves. Through the therapeutic alliance, I focus on providing the space for them to experience these core needs while working on their presenting concerns.

— Xuan Ho, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Having a good relationship with your therapist is integral to change. I aim to make therapy a supportive, warm environment where you are seen holistically. I do not act as a teacher or coach but as a fellow human being who is there to listen empathically and support you in generating your own ideal outcomes for situations.

— Easin Beck, Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenixville, PA

The relationship between the client and the therapist is the biggest predictor of success regardless of the type of modality or training the therapist has. Meeting you where you're at is one of the most powerful things I can do as your therapist.

— Logan Druckman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

The most important factor in therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. This is a unique relationship and with time and patience, a trust develops that helps the work go deeper. As a therapist, I hope to become your ally - someone you can trust and with whom you can feel safe to let down your defenses to work on core issues. I create an environment of non-judgment that encourages you to share your embarrassments and shame.

— Jerry Moreau, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I owe much of my personal growth to discovering the writing of Carl Rogers (specifically, On Becoming a Person). Later, I was excited to find that humanistic (or client-centered) therapy was to be foundational in my training as a therapist. Practically, what does this mean for you? It means that in every session I'll regard you as a whole, resilient, complex, evolving human being with a vast and inherent capacity for growth and beauty. Over time, the goal is that you'll feel the same way too.

— Casey Black, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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