"Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge” 

 

Fritz Perls

 

 

         

Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic Therapy places emphasis on an individual's capacity for self-determination. Although recognising past problems, its therapists encourage the client to recognise their ability to make choices that can positively affect their existence in a present and future context.
 
Humanistic Therapy can be traced back to the 1950s and is influenced by the work of Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. They wanted to move away from the constraints of Behaviourist theory and set about introducing a more holistic kind of psychology. Humanistic psychotherapy involves a variety of different approaches that include Gestalt and client centred therapy. All humanistic therapists, whatever their discipline believe that the person is unique, that they consist of an integrated whole of which harmony and balance is integral, and that each person has the right to autonomy and respect. Much importance is placed on the relationship between client and counsellor, which is seen as an essential component in the realisation of positive change. 

If you are interested in learning more about humanistic therapy, please check out the links below:

BACP Theoretical Approaches

Making Sense Of Counselling

Humanistic And Integrative Psychotherapies