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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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 San Antonio, 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

As a person-centered therapist I approach my work with clients by fostering a therapeutic enviornment. By providing clients with unconditional positive regard, emotional congruence, and empathy, the space for change is created. Working with clients in a collaborative manner I strive to help them develop congruence that better fits their own personal narrative.

— Dan Schmitt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Eugene, OR

I believe in providing unconditional positive regard for my clients and believe we all have a unique lens in which we see the world. I work with individuals in learning how to honor and find value in themselves. Providing individuals with a safe environment to explore and grow is fundamental in their ability to make choices in creating a meaningful life.

— Eileen Martin, Counselor in Gibsonville, NC

Also known as humanism, humanistic therapy is a positive approach to psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s individual nature, rather than categorizing groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems. Humanistic therapy looks at the whole person, not only from the therapist’s view but from the viewpoint of individuals observing their own behavior. The emphasis is on a person’s positive traits and behaviors, and the ability to use their personal instincts to find wisdo

— Toby Williams, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

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

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

This idea makes the assumption that being your true self is the best feeling and your true self is A-OK. Measure you by your standards. Look for friends, partners, jobs that match you. I'll quiz you about you because you are the expert. The goal is to clarify how you feel and fit into the world. This isn't about being self-centered but about being self-aware.

— Don Zablosky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

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

Humanistic Therapy is based on the belief that being your true self helps you live your most fulfilling life. In that way, we often use speciality tailored, eclectic approaches to help you understand your challenges. This type of therapy honors the individual and their experience, often taking strengths based outlooks on how you can tackle any situation towards healthier growth.

— Virtual Counselor, Counselor in Easton, PA

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 Southlake, TX

This is a classic perspectice founded by Carl Rogers who believed that people have an inherent ability to grow and heal when they are in ideal circumstances. This perspective encourages therapists to be genuine, empathetic and caring toward their patients and to not come from a place of authority on who they are or what they should be feeling.

— Chris Guthrey, Psychologist in Berkeley, CA

I believe that at our core we are all worthy people. My therapy is geared to helping clients find and develop their best self. By releasing ourselves of the expectations others hold us to we can live an authentic life, realizing our true potential. Letting go of our insecurities allows our true self to emerge and gives others the opportunity to genuinely accept and celebrate us for the individuals that we are. True belongingness comes from allowing others to fully love us, even our flaws.

— Denis Flanigan, Psychologist in Houston, TX

Humanism underlies all the work that I do and includes centering you in therapy, following your lead, and seeing you in a positive light no matter what.

— Kori Loewe, Counselor in Detroit, MI