Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities. They seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the ‘here and now’
These are some of the different models or theories within the Humanistic model of which I draw upon.
Existential Phenomenology therapy – focuses on exploring the meaning of certain issues through a philosophical perspective, instead of a technique-based approach.
Gestalt therapy – can be roughly translated to ‘whole’ and focuses on the whole of an individual’s experience, including their thoughts, feelings and actions. Gaining self-awareness in the ‘here and now’ is a key aspect of gestalt therapy.
Person-centred therapy – focuses on an individual’s self-worth and values. Being valued as a person, without being judged, can help an individual to accept who they are and reconnect with themselves.
Transactional analysis – is 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.