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Human Givens Psychotherapy

Human Givens Psychotherapy – a short guide to potential clients/referrers

Strong emotions like depression, anxiety and anger are at the root of why so many people seek help from GPs, counsellors, psychotherapists or clinical psychologists.[1] At any one time millions of people in the UK suffer from the negative effects of these emotions.[2]

Despite their training, and good intentions, many professionals are not good at dealing with the disruption that out of control emotions cause their clients. Some common forms of counselling, for example, are known to make depression and anxiety disorders worse.[3] Conversely, the right type of therapy is known to be more effective than drug treatments for all of these conditions.

Human givens therapy is in this category of therapy. It offers effective and practical help for people who are depressed, anxious, phobic, or suffering from trauma, addiction, anger disorders or relationship problems. It is effective because it draws on findings from psychology and neurobiology about how people really function, as well as international research studies that have established which counselling techniques are most effective.

How a Human Givens therapist can help
Human givens psychotherapists offer practical help that deals with mental and emotional distress in the here and now. They do not waste time just endlessly listening to you or attempting to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories from the past. Nor do they deal in time-wasting so-called voyages of 'self-discovery'.

Their training ensures that they have a sound body of scientifically-based knowledge and the proven skills to help people as quickly as possible (both adults and children) with a wide variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties, including the following. They can help:

reduce anxiety — generalised anxiety, panic attacks, fears, phobias, obsessions (OCD), lack of confidence or overwhelming stress and pressure can be treated effectively.

break the cycle of depression — the human givens approach is the best available psychotherapeutic treatment for depression, even chronic depression can often be lifted quickly and the meaning and joy returned to life.

resolve trauma — dissolve the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however severe, safely and quickly.

manage anger — anger disorders damage health, increase the likelihood of an early death and cause enormous misery among relatives, colleagues and innocent bystanders.

stop addictive behaviour — people can be freed from all forms of addiction - alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, TV and computer games, eating disorders - providing they want to make the effort to stop.

•  improve relationships — relationship difficulties are often self-perpetuating because our beliefs and reactions to one another trigger patterns of behaviour which stop us solving them. When couples want to stay together but are having problems, human givens therapists can help.

When our emotional needs are not met, or when our resources are used incorrectly, we suffer considerable distress and so can those around us. A human givens practitioner, therefore, will focus on helping their client to identify their unmet emotional needs and empower them to meet these needs by activating their own natural resources in new ways. To do this they use a variety of up-to-date, proven techniques aimed at problem solving.

Effective counselling & psychotherapy checklist (prepared by the ethical committee of the European Therapy Studies Institute, ETSI) to protect clients from ineffective or even harmful types of counselling and psychotherapy.

An effective psychotherapist or counsellor:

We offer Human Givens therapy to clients who display the following Symptoms:

Clients who wish to take up Human Givens therapy must:

Sessions take, on average, 1 hr (with the initial session generally lasting 1 ½ hours).  If the client fails to attend two sessions (without 24 hours’ notice) all sessions will be cancelled.  Charges will apply if client fails to attend sessions booked and not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice given.  These are standard terms for all clients.

1. Le Doux, J. The Emotional Brain (1998). Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
2. Source: MIND - National Association for Mental health.
3. Danton, W., Antonuccio, D. and De Nelsky, G. (1995). Depression: Psychotherapy is the best medicine. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 26, 574. See also: Danton, W., Antonuccio, D. and Rosenthal, Z. (1997). No need to panic, The Therapist, Vol 4, No. 4. Any form of counselling that encourages excessive emotional introspection can prolong depression and anxiety.