What is Humanistic-Experiential Therapy?
- “Humanistic” is a fancy way of emphasizing the unique experiences of every person, our inherent potential to grow and heal, our ability to reason and to behave ethically. It is a secular (non-religious) philosophical view of our nature. The word “experiential” is used to describe the sense of being aware and conscious that goes beyond (or contains within it) words, analyses or categories.
- Your therapy is not about figuring out the psychological or physiological “machinery” of your problems but instead emphasizes the messy, complicated, lived experience of your life as a whole.
- The focus is on you as an entire person and not on particular symptoms.
- You will benefit from acceptance and opportunities for self-actualization (the ability to realize your full potential).
- This approach includes many specific types of therapies: Client-Centred (Rogerian), Emotion-Focused, Existential, Gestalt, Narrative, Transpersonal … and many others.