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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In humanistic therapy, we emphasize self-awareness, personal growth, and self-actualization. We believe in your innate potential to lead a fulfilling life and reach your highest potential when provided with the right conditions and support. In our therapeutic relationship, we create a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental environment where we can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences openly and honestly. Together, we will embark on a journey of self-exploration and self-acceptance.

— Danna Blumenau, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Plano, TX

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, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NC

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

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

Carl Rogers taught us to value the client, not to look down on them like idiots who do not know what is going on in their own life. Therapists should collaborate with the client with sincere respect. One of the chief cornerstones is genuineness with the client. A sincere relationship, not just a simple paid cold-hearted client.

— Monte Miller, Psychologist in Austin, TX

I integrate humanistic theories into treatment often.

— Madeline Leslie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jenks, OK

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”- Carl Rogers I am here to walk with you on this destination, to support you, provide you with navigation and tools. To be a witness, a guide and a cheerleader.

— Margaret Bell, Counselor in Denver, CO

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

My goal is to consider the whole person, especially your positive characteristics and potential for growth, not only from my professional perspective but from a your own personal sense of behavior. The emphasis in my sessions is on your positive traits and behaviors and developing your ability to use your instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within yourself.

— Jennifer Kaufman Walker, Counselor

Humanistic Therapy, much like Person-Centered Therapy, is founded on the therapeutic relationship and the principle of self-acceptance. It seeks to establish a mirror connection between how we feel and how we express ourselves.

— Madeline Giblin, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

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 takes a look at the whole person by collaborating the viewpoints of the therapist and the individual in treatment. Humanistic Therapy highlights one’s desired traits and helps one explore their own instincts for growth and healing.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

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

Humanistic/Person-Centered Therapy is based on the belief that we each have the capacity to grow and self-actualize, when provided with a supportive environment. To create a safe and supportive therapeutic space, I listen with empathy and unconditional positive regard, believing that you are the expert on your own life. I also strive to create a space that is free of judgment, in which we both can be authentic in our expression, and where you can find answers that are true to you.

— Carla Preiss, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I see therapy as a partnership between the client and the counselor. I believe you are the expert on yourself, and I provide an empathetic, non-judgmental environment, as well as an eclectic variety of philosophies and tactics for you to explore to determine what is best for you.

— Krista Cain, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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 primarily operate from a humanistic approach in which healthy human connection is at the core of wellness.

— John Amundson, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

You will find a humanistic approach in working with me, as I take a "whole person" approach in processing and exploring. I believe that every person has unique traits that can be supportive of their growth and healing, and I help clients tune into their own instinctive knowing to gain more insight, wisdom, personal development, and overall fulfillment.

— Alyssa McLean, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Angeles, CA