Humanistic psychotherapy covers a variety of talking therapies that reflect the theories and values of humanistic psychology. The core features of the humanistic approach are:

  • Its focus on subjective experience
  • The belief that each person is unique
  • Views the person as a whole – body, mind and soul
  • Is optimistic about human nature and a person’s potential to grow
  • Emphasises personal choice and responsibility

Therapists who follow a humanistic approach come from a variety of training backgrounds. Sometimes they specialise in one particular kind of therapy, for instance Gestalt Therapy, or Person-centred Therapy. Or they may integrate different therapeutic approaches from within the humanistic tradition


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