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 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

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
 

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
 

"Whatever your story, you no longer need to be alone with it. This is what will allow your healing to begin."~ Carl Rogers. Rogers believed that the therapeutic relationship was at the forefront of the healing process. As a Person-Centered therapist, I take the time to

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

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

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 North Bend, OR
 

I believe the client is the center of the treatment relationship. It is my honor to sit with clients offering empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard as they face their life challenges.

— Tracey R Cobb, Counselor in Marietta, GA

"Whatever your story, you no longer need to be alone with it. This is what will allow your healing to begin."~ Carl Rogers. Rogers believed that the therapeutic relationship was at the forefront of the healing process. As a Person-Centered therapist, I take the time to build that therapeutic trust, so that you can feel comfortable, safe and supported. The direction of therapy is your choice as i am here to support you and walk alongside you on this journey to growth and healing.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

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

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

"Whatever your story, you no longer need to be alone with it. This is what will allow your healing to begin."~ Carl Rogers. Rogers believed that the therapeutic relationship was at the forefront of the healing process. As a Person-Centered therapist, I take the time to build that therapeutic trust, so that you can feel comfortable, safe and supported. The direction of therapy is your choice as i am here to support you and walk alongside you on this journey to growth and healing.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

The first approach I learned about therapy has remained my favorite - the relationship I build together with my clients is the core of any growth or progress there is to be made. I am human, just like you, not an omniscient knower-of-all-things. With every client I have ever worked with, there has been at least one moment where we talk not of mood, fears, or challenges, but of a hilarious movie, favorite music, or whether the Red Sox should make the trade. I meet you wherever you're at that day.

— Laura Knudsen, in Newton, MA

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

"Whatever your story, you no longer need to be alone with it. This is what will allow your healing to begin."~ Carl Rogers. Rogers believed that the therapeutic relationship was at the forefront of the healing process. As a Person-Centered therapist, I take the time to build that therapeutic trust, so that you can feel comfortable, safe and supported. The direction of therapy is your choice as i am here to support you and walk alongside you on this journey.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

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