Do you want to be seen as an individual, and to try a therapy that is focused on helping you be your best self?
You might want to try a therapy that falls under the 'humanistic' school of thought. Let’s look at what humanistic therapies can offer you.
So what does humanistic therapy look like?
Therapies like psychoanalysis and psychodynamic see your past as the main focus. What happened then to make you who you are today? Humanistic therapies do consider your past. But the focus is instead on finding your potential here and now.
The humanistic movement actually started as a reaction to therapies that focus on ‘problems’ and what is ‘wrong’ with clients. Humanistic therapy moves the focus to your unrecognised strengths. What is right about you, and how can you expand on that?
Some types of talk therapy use theories and categories to describe people. While it might be helpful, it can also leave you feeling reduced to not more than a equation, or part of a group. Humanistic therapy works to instead see you as an individual.
Humanistic therapies do not see the therapist as wiser than you, or as having all the answers just because they have studied theories. You are the person living and experiencing your life, so you are the expert on you. Your humanistic therapist is there to guide you to hearing your own innate wisdom.
A humanistic therapist helps you see your inner resources. What are the strengths you have already? Are you overlooking your own creativity? What personal values do you hold, and how can they help you make better choices?
Your humanistic therapist and you are equals. You work to create a relationship between you of trust and safety. Your therapist will show you empathy and respect, and support who you are, not tell you who you should be.
The humanistic movement now has many types of therapies under its umbrella. This includes:
Humanistic therapy can be a good fit if you are seeking help for: