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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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 wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within themselves.

— Lindsay Lorson, Clinical Social Worker in , TX

My primary modality in therapy is Client Centered / Humanistic which highly values the relationship we will create together. My goal is to provide a therapeutic experience where I am curious, seeking a deep understanding of who you are, to meet you without any judgment, and to always see you as the expert of your own experience.

— Caitlynn Hill, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

My humanistic values show through in my work with people. These values include my beliefs that each person has inherent value, dignity, and worth. These beliefs help me to be warm, empathic, and non-judgmental.

— Amber Holt, Clinical Social Worker in Gig Harbor, WA

My Master's Degree is from a psychology program that specialized in Humanistic Therapy.

— Leticia Berg, Psychotherapist in Ann Arbor, MI

We are all connected through our shared experience of being human. Getting to know ourselves is one of the most empowering and healing things we can do. I fully believe that being seen, heard, and witnessed nonjudgmentally by another human is one of the most healing experiences we can have.

— Lindsay Anderson, Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

Humanistic Therapy is often centered on what is most important to you and focuses on achieving that. In other words, when we know where we want to go, we have to figure out how to get there. Therapy can help you achieve just that.

— Jeremy Henderson-Teelucksingh, Counselor

I believe counseling should be built on a foundation of support, non-judgment, empathy and trust.

— Eliza McBride, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

If you're human, chances are you have experienced some sort of angst. I see the humanistic and person-centered approaches as two sides of the same coin. As a secular humanist, my values closely align with this methodology in that I love helping my clients realize that they have everything they need to cope with reality. People often just need to be shown how to rediscover their strengths and reminded that it's ok to not be ok.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

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

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

An approach that prioritizes the therapeutic relationship. Providing a safe environment, were the client feels understood and accepted. As Carl Rogers said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” The approach includes multiple modalities which all promote looking in oneself for answers and resources.

— Shannon Kilroy, Licensed Professional Counselor

Humanistic Therapy focuses on people's inherent ability to know themselves and be in touch with their true selves. All people have the ability to find their path in life you only need a guide to help them find the way. Humanistic Therapy focuses on finding that inner strength.

— Peter Georgilis, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Round Rock, TX

Therapy focuses on the whole person and not just what has occurred. I work collaboratively and look at the client through holistically and how they are coping; emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.

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

A humanistic orientation was embedded in all of the course work to earn my master's degree. This has always been my foundation, with any other therapy approach built on top.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

This approach emphasizes your unique qualities and the goal of being true to your self. We'll identify your strengths, skills, and ideal mode of being.

— Gianna Rico, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MA