How it works

Human Givens therapists use the tools that people have evolved through the ages to understand our environment and to change our lives. People are extremely adaptable sometimes we just need a little help to make the changes we want to make.

Human Givens therapists are not overly concerned with the causes of the difficulty, but seek solutions in the present for the future. If we are unhappy, we don't necessarily need to know why we feel bad, we just need to know how to get better.

Human Givens therapists understand that our minds and bodies are an integrated system. In other words, our emotions can cause physical ill-health, and a physical illness can be worsened if we are depressed or anxious. Asthma attacks brought on by stress is a clear example.

The types of therapies that might be employed

In a nutshell, this depends on the client and on their particular situation. As a Human Givens therapist, Sue knows that her client is the expert. So, she will listen carefully in order to learn about her client and to clearly understand their difficulty. She will find out what skills her client has that they can use to feel better and, where necessary, Sue coaches her clients in various tools and techniques that will help them. Each client will have their own "toolkit" that can be used whenever a difficulty is faced in the future.

Sue is likely to use any combination of the following therapies:

  • Behavioural therapy to give clients a measure of control over their lives and which may also guide them into doing enjoyable activities. Where appropriate, Sue may teach her clients various relaxation skills, to help reduce any stress or anxiety.
  • Cognitive therapy which will identify any negative beliefs or thoughts clients may have, and then to remove them. (Often, the way you think about something dictates how you feel about it.)
  • Guided Visualisation (or "imagineering") which will enable clients to use their own imaginations to combat their difficulty. This is particularly useful in reducing and defeating stress, anxiety, phobias, addictions and panic disorders. Imagineering can also be of great benefit where clients are depressed.
  • Interpersonal therapy which, where necessary, will enhance clients' social skills and improve their relationships - and their relationship possibilities.
  • In addition, Sue's clients may benefit from some practical advice and information and she will also use her experience and knowledge of change management and creative problem-solving techniques to help clients bring about the changes they need to make.
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