Also known as 'humanism,' humanistic therapy uses a positive approach that focuses on the individual’s nature rather than categorising groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems. With emphasis on your positive traits and behaviours, as well as observing your behaviour, you will work with your therapist to find growth, healing and fulfilment within yourself. Humanistic therapy has been found to be helpful for conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, and relationship issues. The model also benefits those with low self-esteem and feel as though they lack ‘wholeness’ and are searching for personal meaning and potential.
Humanistic therapy involves better understanding your world view as well as developing self-acceptance. This is achieved through the development of ‘unconditional positive regard’ from yourself and others. Your therapist will aid you in overcoming criticism or disapproval from others, whilst developing self-acceptance, in a safe space.
Unlike other approaches, humanistic therapy focuses on the present, how you are feeling in the ‘here and now’ as apposed to focusing on past events. Rather than focussing on a specific diagnosis, humanistic therapy addresses the individual as a whole. Your therapist will provide a warm and empathetic presence whilst actively listening to you and making sure to understand you fully.
Through humanistic therapy you can work towards leading a more meaningful life with a stronger, healthier sense of self.