HUMANISTIC THERAPY

The highest authority is one’s own experience. The most important guide is within yourself. While the judgments of others should be heard, they shouldn’t be considered a guide.

WHAT IS HUMANISTIC THERAPY?

Humanistic therapy is a client-centered, 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 encourages viewing ourselves as a “whole person” greater than the sum of our parts and encourages self-exploration. It typically holds that people are inherently good. It adopts a holistic approach to human existence and pays special attention to such phenomena as creativity, free will, and human potential. 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.

Humanistic therapy is talk therapy that encompasses a gestalt approach, exploring how a person feels in the here and now, rather than trying to identify past events that led to these feelings. Additionally, the humanistic therapist provides an atmosphere of support, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and trust that allows the individual to share their feelings without fear of judgment. The therapist does not act as an authority figure; rather, the relationship between client and the therapist is one of equals and the client is viewed as having the most authority regarding their own experience.

Being empathetic is seeing the world through the eyes of the other, not seeing your world reflected in their eyes.

Carl Rodgers

A HEALTHIER SENSE OF SELF

The aim of humanistic therapy is to help the client develop a stronger, healthier sense of self, as well as access and understand their feelings to help gain a sense of meaning in life.

Through empathy, the ability to see the world through the eyes of the client, the therapist can understand the actions and thoughts of the client from the client’s perspective.

With unconditional positive regard, a key element characterized by warmth, acceptance, and non-judgment, the therapist can permit for a more open flow of information. Demonstrating a willingness to listen and ensure the comfort of the client, the therapist creates an environment where genuine feelings are shared.

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