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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I believe we are all capable of finding our true, whole selves and that each individual is on their own unique path to reaching connection with who they are. I believe my clients are the authority on their own lives and experiences, and my aim is to develop stronger feelings of independence and self-trust rather than reliance on a therapist. I like to focus on what comes up in the here-and-now, though I do integrate psychodynamic connections to your past to understand the present experience.

— Darcy Dittrich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, 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
 

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 have had several years of training in humanistic therapy and have helped train undergraduate students in the implementation of humanistic therapy tools. I utilize this treatment technique to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and create a safe and open environment with a sense of safety where my client can explore their world with a sense of comfort.

— Alex Iacovitti, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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

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
 

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

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

— Leticia Berg, Psychotherapist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

AKA Rogerian therapy; Rogers believed similarly to Maslow, but also believed that the pathway to this actualization is a fertile environment where unconditional positive regard and transparency are present in the room. I am a natural cheerleader of people.

— Gregory Gooden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in POMONA, CA

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
 

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 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 provide mindfulness, acceptance and compassion based therapy.

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

In congruence with CBT and Contemplative Therapy, Humanistic Therapy allows further exploration of our true self. Utilizing the strengths that we hold, emboldens the areas that are not as strong. I work to help empower individuals, couples and families, to identify their own unique view of the world and integrate that view in a productive manner.

— MICHAEL ROSE, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,
 

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