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 in the humanistic approach to therapy which mirrors what Carl Rogers was trying to implement.

— Adam Saltz, Clinical Social Worker in Sudbury, MA

I am a client centered therapist, meaning I let the clients lead the session and believe that the relationship between client and counselor should be a large component to counseling. The client is the owner of their story, and they are in control of change in their life. I will help support that change with empathy and non judgmental responses.

— Lauren Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Loveland, CO

Humanistic psychology is a psychological perspective that emphasizes the study of the whole person. I believe it is important to look at what behavior is happening and why it may be done. I believe that using Humanistic Therapy we can go deep in the inner feelings and self-image of the person seeking therapy.

— Erin Gray, Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

Everyone deserves to have someone in this world that will show them unconditional positive regard and accept them for who and where they are.

— Willard Vaughn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hampton, VA

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 deeply respect Humanistic Psychology's view of therapy as the process of a therapist honoring and seeking to deeply and accurately understand the subjective experience of her client. The focus is on acceptance, humility, nonjudgement, and a belief that people are fundamentally good and able to help themselves with the right conditions and support. As your therapist, my goal is to extend these qualities to you so you feel respected, supported, empowered, and not pathologized. Humanistic therapy assumes that all people strive for health and thriving (self-actualization), and that all of our behaviors, even those that appear misguided or create other problems, are in service of this goal. Sometimes we need help discovering healthier or more effective ways to self actualize, and that's where therapy comes in.

— Maysie Tift, MFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA

This overlaps with Rogerian.

— Moira Ryan, Counselor in Portland, OR

I am passionate about working with my clients to enhance the quality of their lives. As a counselor, I believe we can address your self-limiting beliefs and work on building a self-concept that supports your growth. Your journey back into yourself doesn't have to be one you make alone. Let’s honor your mind, body, and spirit by practicing healing that engages your intuition and allows you to enter a new space of knowing.

— Olivia Clear, Counselor in Emeryville, CA

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.

— Christina McGrath Fair, Counselor in Port St. Lucie, FL

Related to my interest in Feminist Therapy, I also use Humanistic approaches in my work. By this, I mean that I consider all part 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 Francisco, CA

Humanistic therapy means we focus on you as a person, instead of a category or problem. We will focus on your positive traits and behaviors, and believe you have the ability to use your personal instincts to in order for you to find wisdom, growth, healing, and growth! Our end goal and that you feel heard, supported, appropriately challenged when necessary, and unconditional acceptance.

— Heights Family Counseling, Counselor in Houston, TX

Who is the expert on your life? You are. Research has shown that just having a safe space to vent and express our true feelings can relieve depression and increase self-esteem. Humanistic therapy is more than just 'talk therapy'-- it is about helping you to discover your genuine thoughts, feelings, and identity. That's why my first priority is to create a trusting relationship between us.

— Lilyan Moore, Counselor in Portland, OR

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I take a person-centered approach, which means I hold your values in the highest regard and provide acceptance and a safe space. The therapeutic relationship we build is one of the greatest gifts and tools to helping you find your footing again.

— Lisa Hedden, Counselor in Tucker, GA

Humanistic therapy describes my overall approach to therapy in that my relationship with clients is a collaborative one. I believe that acceptance and empathy are essential to the therapeutic relationship and that therapy goals are directed by clients.

— Megan Miller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , OR

I meet you where you are, reflecting your needs to support your empowerment toward problem solving.

— Lisa SLOAN STROM, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR