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.

Meet the specialists

I believe that most people have the answers they are looking for inside them already, and all that is needed is a safe place and healthy connection to unpack and uncover what those answers are. I believe that all people should be honored and respected for who they are, as they are.

— Jeremy Pierce, Licensed Professional Counselor in Irving, TX

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

I use humanistic approaches in my work with clients.

— Amy Ripley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Stockbridge, GA

Using Humanistic therapy, I don't just treat your symptoms. I view you as entire person with thoughts, feelings, experiences, social connections, spirituality, sexuality, etc. Often, the problems we regularly face are not isolated to just one area of our life. We are complex beings and the issues we face are too.

— Kyle Stepler, Counselor in Greenwood, IN

Providing a supportive and accepting environment for growth and personal exploration in therapy.

— Carolyn Mehlomakulu, Art Therapist in Austin, TX

This therapy focuses on empathy and positives in behavior while guiding the client to examine life values, self-worth and their unique place in the world. Methods are explored for building self-confidence, self-compassion and self-esteem .

— James Kingman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I have always had an interest in mindfulness and a belief that self awareness is the key to development. I like dissecting parts of clients lives with them and then putting them back together in one cohesive, fluid and greater sum.

— Carrissa Michael, Licensed Professional Counselor in Shelby Township, MI

While I use many different techniques, I consider my work grounded in Humanistic principals. That means that I strongly believe that all people are capable of growth and change and therapy can enhance and accelerate the process. I work as a partner to my clients on their journey, not someone to tell them what they "should" do. I will give you honest feedback in a respectful and caring manner and we will work together to problem-solve and help you move towards your goals.

— Jody Kircher, Clinical Psychologist in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Humanistic psychology is grounded in the belief that people are innately good. It holds that morality, ethical values, and good intentions are the driving forces of behavior. Humanism suggests that a person is created with a distinct priority of needs and drives and that each person must rely on a personal sense of inner wisdom and healing. I use this method of therapy, taking a non-pathological approach, targeting productive, adaptive, and beneficial traits and behaviors of an individual.

— Colleen Burke-Sivers, Counselor in Portland, OR

I like to meet my clients where they are in life. I do not put pressure on them to “do the work” right away. I like them to get to know me first. As you develop a relationship with me, you’ll feel safe to open up about what brought you into therapy. I believe a humanistic approach allows me to do this. I provide a safe and welcoming space needed to “Do the work.” Let’s plant the foundation to feed the seed I’ll provide you.

— Denise Brady, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Signal Hill, CA

Compassion/mindfulness are key to being a healthy loving human being.

— Thomas O'Malley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I will work with you so you can overcome your struggles, become fully aware of all your portentials, be the person that is authentic to you, and make decisions that feel right for you.

— Beatrice Schreiber, Associate 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 Intern in Beaverton, OR

As a Humanistic Therapist, I believe people have the ability to realize their potential and achieve their goals. I believe that a warm, compassionate, and encouraging environment will foster a person's self-esteem. When self-esteem is present a person will be able to tune with their needs, wants, and desires. Clients will heal as I will guide them through the process of discussing difficult topics under care and attention.

— Heather Lam, Counselor in Pasadena, CA

Humanistic psychology (humanism) is grounded in the belief that people are innately good. This type of psychology holds that morality, ethical values, and good intentions are the driving forces of behavior, while adverse social or psychological experiences can be attributed to deviations from natural tendencies. Self actualization is the key here. With all three of my orientations, my goal is that we work together, and I see you as a human, and someone who shares common goals, aspirations, and desires that a majority of us have. By viewing the 'whole' you and how you relate to your world, I gain a clear understanding and capacity to work with you to create a safe space to do the work together. I am right there with you every step of the way.

— Adrian Scharfetter, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I believe in unconditional positive regard and that the client deserves to feel understood and accepted.

— Jenny Larson, Counselor in Portland, OR

I believe that counseling is a collaborative process and that clients are the experts on themselves. It is important for sessions to head in the direction the client chooses and what they feel is most important or pertinent to focus on.

— Dr. Christina McGrath Fair, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Stuart, FL