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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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

Focusing on your strengths to help you realize your full potential.

— Cynthia Goeller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

I use a strengths-based, humanistic approach to support people's efforts to reach their true potential and have a more fulfilling life.

— Janice Elizabeth Williams, L.C.S.W., Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

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 Oakland, CA

Humanism is a therapeutic perspective which emphasizes unconditional positive regard for other living beings. It is based on the assumption that empathy and acceptance are integral parts of the healing process. Through this orientation the client is regarded with warmth and empathy. Once this dynamic is established, deeper and more profound healing organically occurs.

— Sarah Glidden, Counselor 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

I truly admire the clients I work with and learn from them every day. I have unconditional positive regard for them and by believing in them and their innate abilities, I know they can overcome their difficulties. I am here to guide, support, and provide tools to my clients on their journey to complete their goals (e.g., to relieve anxiety, feel less depressed, succeed at work). I help my client's develop insight into what is happening in their lives and get back in touch with their best self.

— Dr. Jessica Theis, Psychologist in Louisville, CO

I truly value the human experience and authentic connection. I pride myself on being a real human-being in the room, because I feel that is the best way to truly connect and validate how someone feels. This style of engagement allows the safety and space to bounce your thoughts and feelings off of someone in a comfortable way, but without shame or judgement, so that you can authentically connect with yourself and others in a more fulfilling and satisfying way.

— Spencer Chernick, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

The most important aspect of therapy is truly connecting and understanding that each individual is unique and this needs to be honored. The individual lived experience is the central focus of our work.

— Lindsey Cooper, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

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

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

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

This overlaps with Rogerian.

— Moira Ryan, Counselor in Portland, OR

I am a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator; this helps me support my clients around topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. The work invites people to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

— Amy Emery (not currently accepting new clients), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CT

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

She believes that each person that walks into her office is unique and the whole person needs to be considered in therapy. With a humanistic view, there is an emphasis on a person's positive traits that will help them move forward. She believes that most people have the answers they are looking for but need a safe, judgement-free place to understand them. Clients often say they feel at ease with Dr. Rodriguez because she treats them as equals and always wants to help them rise to their potential

— Kate Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Counselor in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

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, Counselor in Newton, MA

I co-created a theory called Compassion Based Awareness Therapy. This theory is rooted in Humanistic, Attachment and Zen. The focus is in bringing awareness to your internal dynamics and how these get played out in relationships. We look through the lens of compassion because people CANNOT learn when they are afraid. No shame. No blame. Compassionate accountability.

— Laura Carr, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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

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

It is important to me that you feel comfortable being your authentic self during therapy. I practice client-centered therapy which in part means that I work to provide a nonjudgmental space where you feel that you can express yourself freely and without fear of judgment. If you have ever felt misunderstood or unheard, I am here to help change that. My job as a therapist is to support you on your journey and help you draw out the answers that lie within you.

— Lisa Headings, Counselor in Portland, OR

My primary orientation is based in humanistic approach. I believe strongly that everyone inherently has positive attributes that can lead to success. My job is to help client's explore their strengths, and provide tools and perspectives that add value.

— Staci Daniels-Sommers, Psychotherapist in Newhall, CA

My graduate program instilled humanistic/person-centered therapy as the basis of the therapeutic relationship. This approach helps develop a trusting connection based on unconditional positive regard.

— Lorelei Lindow, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

Humanistic Therapy focuses on your potential as a human. Each person is capable of so much and deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. With this approach, I support the strengths you possess and know they are your tools for personal growth. This approach is useful for couples because a healthy relationships is built on the foundation of two healthy thriving individuals. A healthy relationship is the vehicle for both people to reach their personal goals.

— Christina Tseng, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Germantown, MD

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