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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“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

Bringing a humanistic perspective to my work means that I see each client as naturally possessing capacity to grow toward greater health and wellbeing. My role as therapist is collaborative, empathetic and supportive. Your unique strengths, perspectives and experiences are regarded with care and respect in the present moment and you are supported in finding greater self-awareness and your own best answers to current challenges.

— Emily West, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA

My approach to treating trauma, anxiety and chronic pain is all about you. I’ll do my best to reduce stigma and shame around your experiences when we’re working together. I’ll listen deeply, as clarifying questions to make sure our work is helpful and I’ll invite you to get comfortable: take walk, move around on a yoga ball, or get cozy under a weighted blanket.

— Sydney Rose, Therapist in New York, NY

You're human! I'm human! That's where we're all starting from, meaning that we're therapist and client second. So I know I'm going to mess up from time to time; I invite you to take a chance and mess up sometimes too. Let's own what happens and get into the muck together. In the meantime, I really believe in your strengths (and will highlight them A LOT), and will work SIDE-BY-SIDE with you to figure out what you need and how to get it.

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Related to my interest in Feminist Therapy, I also use Humanistic approaches in my work. By this, I mean that in our work together, we will consider all parts of you and help you to realize your full potential in life. I believe that we are each greater than the sum of our parts and that we are better people and more engaged in our lives and our communities when we have greater understanding of ourselves and others.

— Marla Cass, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Based in San Mateo, 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 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 Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, OR

I believe the client is the expert on themself, and I am here to support them in their own process. I can provide resources along the way, but I don't have the "answers"--you have them within yourself already.

— Georgie Kelly, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in SAN DIEGO, CA

I provide mindfulness, acceptance and compassion based therapy.

— Allison Glorioso, Mental Health Counselor in Fort Myers, FL

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

Humanistic therapy focuses on a person’s individual nature. Humanistic therapists aim to consider the whole person, especially their positive characteristics and potential for growth, not only from their professional viewpoint but from a client’s own personal sense of their behavior. The emphasis in sessions is on a person’s positive traits and behaviors and developing their ability to use their instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment.

— Kristen Crowe, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

I incorporate elements of Humanistic Therapy into each session, notably Unconditional Positive Regard of my clients. It is important that I build a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship with my clients and show them acceptance.

— Melodie Cabitac, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

Humanistic theories of therapy generally mirror the basic techniques of therapy taught to all social workers during their master's program. In other words I strive to be client-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, and authentic. I try to blend pragmatism and warmth and adapt to your needs, even when that means some limited strategic self-disclosure or directive guidance when requested. But creating a safe and nourishing space is always a prerequisite to the use of other techniques.

— Samuel Wilson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kensington, MD

Humanistic Therapy takes a whole person approach to healing and self growth; looking an individuals social, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

In my quest to deconstruct the controlling beliefs of my conservative Christian upbringing, I felt drawn to the principles of humanism. Specifically, I studied existential therapy throughout my graduate studies. I have written on the topics of humanism and therapy, and I continue to study philosophy in an attempt to better understand how to connect to diverse people in therapy.

— Lee Kinsey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

Humanistic Therapy, in harmony with CBT and Contemplative Therapy, amplifies our journey to self-discovery. By utilizing our strengths, it empowers growth where needed. My goal is to help individuals, couples, and families embrace their unique worldviews, aligning with Humanistic Theory's focus on personal growth and self-actualization. This integrated approach enriches lives through a holistic exploration of the self.

— MICHAEL ROSE, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

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

I am eager to help you improve your everyday well being and together we will create a safe space to do so. I will be focused on listening and supporting you within a nonjudgmental environment.

— Ryan Mast, Therapist