How does Humanistic Person Centred therapy work?

Humanism is an approach which is concerned with the whole of a person and believe that people are essentially good and want to reach their fullest potential in life and that the way to understand others is to sit down, share their experiences with them and be open to their feelings. In this therapy the therapist and the client are equal with the therapist being more of a counsellor who listens and is fully present with her whole body. The most important quality in this form of therapy is the therapeutic relationship.

“One of the reasons the therapist-client relationship has such therapeutic potential is that it is the one relationship in the clients life that is actually happening during the therapy hour. During that time all other relationships, are more abstract, more distant”
M. Kahn 1991. Between Therapist and Client: the New Relationship (p. 4)

Humanistic therapy integrates many therapeutic techniques such as person Centred therapy, healing touch, body-mind psychotherapy, holistic psychotherapy, compassion focused therapy, mindfulness based interventions, somatic experiencing, dance movement therapy, trauma work and creative interventions.

What issues can I help you with?

My Speciality is within the area of Relationships (with self and others)

I believe that bringing the body into the therapy space is essential for treatment and so a typical session might be focusing on following body sensations and perhaps a few gentle movements to help access the deeper meaning of the clients experience.

Peter Levine in his book ‘In An Unspoken Voice’: how the body releases trauma says:

“Most psychotherapists work with clients when both are sitting in chairs. Since sitting requires little proprioceptive and kinaesthetic information to maintain an erect posture, the body easily becomes absent, disappearing from its owner.”

It is for this reason that the whole of you is welcomed into your sessions.

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