Humanistic therapies

This approach emphasizes people’s capacity to make rational choices and develop to their maximum potential. Concern and respect for others are also important themes.

Person-centred therapy, which is also known as client-centred, non-directive, or Rogerian therapy, is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy that places much of the responsibility for the treatment process on the client, with the therapist taking a nondirective role. i.e. it is client led. Two primary goals of person-centred therapy are to increase self-esteem and openness to experience. Much of the change that occurs for the client is due to the therapeutic relationship which forms and develops between counsellor and client and the readiness to explore emotions and feelings which have been ignored.

Gestalt therapy emphasizes the importance of being aware of the here and now and accepting responsibility for yourself. Gestalt therapy is a humanistic therapy technique that focuses on gaining an awareness of emotions and behaviours.

Transactional analysis (TA) is a therapy that examines a person’s relationships and interactions in life can be used to address one’s interactions and communications with the purpose of establishing and reinforcing the idea that each individual is valuable and has the capacity for positive change and personal growth

Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination or autonomy and the search for meaning.