Humanistic Therapies

Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities. 

People view the world in different ways, which can impact your choices, thoughts and actions. Humanistic therapy is all about self-exploration focusing on self-development, growth and responsibilities. Individuals are able to recognise their strengths, creativity and choices in the ‘here and now’.

Counsellors help you to establish a better understanding of your views to develop true self-acceptance. If you regard yourself as worthless then it can be more difficult to develop personal growth. For example, if you believe that others only respect you if you act a certain way, you may constantly be feeling like you aren’t enough.

These therapies can support anyone feeling lost, struggling with low self-esteem or struggling to find purpose and reach true potential. Humanistic therapists can work well with people who are struggling with anxiety, panic, addiction, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar and schizophrenia.

Humanistic therapies can help you to both develop self-acceptance by offering a safe space to work toward personal growth.


Types of humanistic therapies


Existential Therapy

Exploring the meaning of certain issues through a philosophical perspective, instead of a technique-based approach.


Person-Centred Therapy 

Focuses on an individual’s self-worth and values. Being valued as a person without being judged can help a person to accept who they are and reconnect with themselves. Read more about person-centred therapy.


Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Also known as solution-focused therapy or brief therapy, this approach looks at what a person would like to achieve rather than past issues. Solution-focused therapy encourages a person to realise their own strengths and it can be especially helpful to those who are goal-orientated or have a desire to change.


Systemic Counselling

Helps you to understand, not only yourself as an individual (system) but as part of the many ‘systems’ that you might be part of such as a couple, family, friends, work, organisations or community. Learn to identify and understand patterns, beliefs and ways of communicating according to the role and positioning within these ‘systems’.


Transactional Analysis

Based on the theory that we each have three ego states: parent, adult and child. By recognising ego-states, transactional analysis attempts to identify how individuals communicate, and how this can be changed.


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