What Is Humanistic Psychotherapy?: Based on humanistic psychology, humanistic psychotherapy focuses on the person as a whole, and has at its core the belief that humans are innately good. Among other things, humanism values creativity, self-actualisation and individuality, and believes that individuals will experience positive growth if provided with appropriate conditions, especially during childhood.
Humanistic approach therapies started to be developed in response to earlier modalities such as psychoanalytic and behavioural schools of thought, both of which were thought to be too deterministic and rely too much on the unconscious.
Humanism believes that individuals have the tools to heal themselves, and the therapist’s role is to guide them in that learning, rather than situate themselves as an expert who holds the answers. The relationship between therapist and client is significant in creating conditions for growth, become a fully functioning person and achieve self-actualization.
There are a wide range of therapeutic humanistic psychotherapy modalities rooted in humanism. The different types of humanistic modalities we offer at HQ Therapy are wide ranging and include person-centred therapy, gestalt therapy, transactional analysis (TA), existential psychotherapy and transpersonal psychotherapy (see below for more).