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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Providing a supportive and accepting environment for growth and personal exploration in therapy.

— Carolyn Mehlomakulu, Art Therapist in Austin, 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

“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 have always had an interest in mindfulness and a belief that self awareness is the key to development. I like dissecting parts of clients lives with them and then putting them back together in one cohesive, fluid and greater sum.

— Carrissa Michael, Licensed Professional Counselor in Shelby Township, MI

I will work with you so you can overcome your struggles, become fully aware of all your portentials, be the person that is authentic to you, and make decisions that feel right for you.

— Beatrice Schreiber, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, 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

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 Irving, TX

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

"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 oriented therapies are considered to be my theoretical home. I have trained in person-centered and phenomenological approaches to therapy for over 15 years and find it to be a tremendously helpful and effective approach to counseling. The research evidence overwhelmingly points to the fundamental tenets of humanistic therapy as being the most effective healing aspects of therapy.

— Daniel Parker, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in Portland, OR

While I use many different techniques, I consider my work grounded in Humanistic principals. That means that I strongly believe that all people are capable of growth and change and therapy can enhance and accelerate the process. I work as a partner to my clients on their journey, not someone to tell them what they "should" do. I will give you honest feedback in a respectful and caring manner and we will work together to problem-solve and help you move towards your goals.

— Jody Kircher, Clinical Psychologist in Coeur d'Alene, ID

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

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

— Cynthia Goeller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

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 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

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 is are present in the room. I am a natural cheerleader of people.

— Gregory Gooden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

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 , VA

Using Humanistic therapy, I don't just treat your symptoms. I view you as entire person with thoughts, feelings, experiences, social connections, spirituality, sexuality, etc. Often, the problems we regularly face are not isolated to just one area of our life. We are complex beings and the issues we face are too.

— Kyle Stepler, Counselor in Greenwood, IN