Human Givens Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions about Human Givens Therapy
What is Human Givens Therapy?
Human Givens Therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on identifying and meeting basic emotional needs to promote mental and emotional well-being.
What are the basic emotional needs?
The basic emotional needs identified by Human Givens Therapy include the need for security, attention, autonomy, status, intimacy, achievement, and connection to a wider community.
How is Human Givens Therapy different from other therapeutic approaches?
Human Givens Therapy differs from other therapeutic approaches in its emphasis on meeting basic emotional needs and its use of practical techniques to help people overcome emotional challenges.
What are the techniques used in Human Givens Therapy?
The techniques used in Human Givens therapy include guided imagery, relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and solution-focused therapy.
What types of issues can be addressed through Human Givens Therapy?
Human Givens Therapy can be used to address a wide range of emotional and mental health issues, including anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and relationship problems.
Human Givens Therapy
Human Givens Therapy is an eclectic approach to mental health recovery which is effective, holistic, and person-centred. Therapy focuses on recognising triggers for past and present patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving, identifying patients' innate and learned resources, and their unmet emotional and physical needs. The Human Givens approach offers a clearer understanding of human nature, emotional well-being, and mental health.
Human Givens Therapy is based on extensive evidence and research in neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology, bringing together what is effective and useful from a wide variety of approaches to psychotherapy and recovery. Human Givens Therapy also recognises many sources of helpful ancient wisdom for daily practical guidance such as Buddhism and Sufism (Islamic mysticism).
A therapeutic rapport is established first. Physical, psychological, social, and emotional needs and pre-existing resources and strengths - in essence, our Human Givens - are quickly identified. My patients can relax, and talk freely and openly about any problem so that all relevant information can be gathered. Positive and realistic goals are identified early on in therapy. An individual care plan is jointly agreed upon to achieve the identified goals. My patients are encouraged to remember how to breathe diaphragmatically again and to imagine and visualise their plan in action. They are subsequently supported in rehearsing and realising their treatment plan in the real world, with ongoing medical support and review.
Growing evidence shows that Human Givens Therapy is effective in treating mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and emotional distress. This can be highly effective for recovery, especially when other psychological interventions may have been unhelpful.
Human Givens Therapy is based on the life-changing self-help book "Human Givens: A New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking" by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrell.