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 based on the power and uniqueness of each person. You are an expert in your life, your dreams and desires, and humanistic therapy acknowledges that, aims to re-connect you with your confidence and sense of self, and support you as you explore the best ways to improve your situation and reach your goals.

— D. Hope Tola, MA, NCC, LPCC, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Boulder, CO

Centers personal growth, self-actualization, and the inherent value and worth of every individual, with a focus on the present moment and subjective experience.

— Jacob Mergendoller, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

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

Through a humanistic lens, my sessions tend to be less-structured and focused more on supporting and understanding you without any judgment.

— Kimberly Jaso, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

People want to reach their potential and become self-actualized. This therapy style is more about the person doing the therapy than the techniques. Clinicians who practice humanistic therapy generally follow Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow's principle of person-centered therapy. It is a positive approach and focuses on the here and now of a person's life.

— Dr. Evelyn Comber, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Rockford, IL

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

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

Humanistic therapy centers on how we relate to each other on a human level. I love learning about my clients' worldviews and how they've come to be the people they are today. We examine the philosophy of their existence in whatever way they can phrase it and explore what it means to be them while figuring out how they fit into it.

— Aaron Percoco, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Jacksonville, FL

My baseline view of therapy is humanistic, specifically Rogerian, therapy. I am in the room with you as another human being, a guide, who is approaching therapy with geniuneness, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. I am here to help you find the answers that you need to uncover within yourself. You are the expert on your life. I am here to listen and to point out the patterns and possibilities you may be overlooking, and to provide a few other handy tools I've learned along the way.

— Kelley O'Hanlon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Redmond, WA

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 approach is informed by Carl Rogers and Eugene Gendlin's contributions to Humanistic therapies which prioritizes the inherent capacity for growth and healing within all individuals. I specialize in humanistic techniques like empathic listening, focusing on immediate experiences, and fostering self-awareness to create an environment where clients can engage in self-exploration and meaning-making. I am a member of the APA-division of Humanistic Psychology.

— Travis Musich, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL

I believe that one of the greatest minds psychology has ever seen was Carl Rogers, the developer of person-centered therapy and one of the leading minds of the humanistic movement in the middle of the 20th century. I try hard to practice unconditional positive regard, congruence, and accurate empathy with each of my clients.

— Brett Hammond, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisville, KY

I integrate humanistic theories into treatment often.

— Madeline Leslie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jenks, OK

Even though therapy is inherently clinical, what we have in common is our humanity. First and foremost, I believe that the power of humans to connect to one another is key to the therapeutic relationship. I provide a safe place to learn about human dynamics, common misconceptions about being a person, and ways to navigate both the psyche and our world.

— Tara Moyle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glen Ridge, NJ

Bringing a humanistic perspective to my work means that I see each client as naturally possessing capacity to grow toward greater health and wellbeing. My role as therapist is collaborative, empathetic and supportive. Your unique strengths, perspectives and experiences are regarded with care and respect in the present moment and you are supported in finding greater self-awareness and your own best answers to current challenges.

— Emily West, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA

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