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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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

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
 

I provide mindfulness, acceptance and compassion based therapy.

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

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
 

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

My humanistic values show through in my work with people. These values include my beliefs that each person has 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 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

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
 

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

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
 

An approach that prioritizes the therapeutic relationship. Providing a safe environment, were 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

We believe the relationship between clinician and client is the groundwork that leads to effective therapy. Creating a solid connection and mutual respect allows deep work to occur in the therapy room.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

"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. [Humanistic]... 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." From Therapy Den

— Andy Dishman, Licensed Professional Counselor in MARIETTA, GA

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

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
 

Focusing on humanistic interventions allows me to provide treatment through a "whole-person" lens, taking into context how all of your life experiences have contributed to where you are today. I do my best to avoid categorizing you by a diagnosis or symptom, as everyone experiences life differently. Humanistic therapy focuses on genuine interactions between therapist and client, your strengths and resiliency, as well as how your lived experiences have impacted your current life situation.

— Andrew Davis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fresno, CA

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
 

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