Humanistic Psychotherapy

Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling approaches in Edinburgh

My Humanistic Practice is seperate from my other areas of practice: Traumatology and Clinical Psychotherapy. Humanistic counselling or psychotherapy is substantially different.

There are perhaps two main considerations in humanistic psychotherapy:

  1. Humanistic ethos
  2. Humanistic practice and approach

The first, the humanistic ethos, guide the treatment or therapy approach in terms of objective and philosophy. Generally humanistic practitioners work with “human beings” and not medical conditions. In other words, although the presenting conditions are addressed, the practitioner works more holistically with the client, than just trying to resolve symptoms.

Additionally the humanistic approach considers the person or couple within a greater society setting. The person is not a stand alone individual, they are part of the complex social setting and interaction around them.

Humanistic practice and approach is made up of a wealth of methods and styles from both eastern and western psychology. These include person centred counselling, Gestalt model, some styles of transactional analysis and the styles of individual therapy schools. Eastern styles include the various styles of mindfulness, both active and passive, mainland and Japanese.

A commonly known form of Humanistic Therapy is Person Centred Therapy (PCT) of which Carl Rogers was particularly well known. This approach is non-analytic, and assumes that the client has the capacity for change and realise their true potential. The client is held back by life experiences or distorted views. Critically the therapist uses very passive methods such as reflection or summary rather than analytic methods or interpretation, allowing the client to take their time in a non judgemental environment, working towards a positive psychology goal. PCT has the idealist idea that people can become “self actualised”, which is considered naive in some other forms of therapy. Self actualisation is the “true potential” position for the client, and a cleared or balanced position in the therapist, which does not, in some viewpoints, work out in real life where experience is fluid and we are constantly evolving and developing.

What is available from this humanistic psychotherapy service in Edinburgh?

Stuart is an integrative, multi modal psychotherapy provider. In other words Stuart chooses and blends the models and methods that suit the individual or couple in question, combining clinical effectiveness (NICE and research recommended methods), with consideration of the wider needs of the client or clients.

Stuart has accreditation at Graduate (ASM, externally accredited via NVQ) and Post Graduate level (NACHP) in  multi modal therapy including humanistic psychotherapy. He is fully accredited by the NACHP.

In practice this might mean a holistic and humanistic overall approach to a clients self development, while also where appropriate employing specific evidenced methods to address individual facets or symptoms.

More information on types of Humanistic psychotherapy available

Other sections of this website cover many of the forms of humanistic style psychotherapy provided. These are mainly in the psychology section, where you will find descriptions of the many eastern psychology methods provided. There you will also find some information on philosophy in therapy, an area that tends to be claimed by both the psychodynamic and humanistic communities. There is also information on Gestalt within integrative psychotherapy.  Within Mindfulness provision there is MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), DBT (Dialectic Behavioural Therapy), Hygge wellbeing, and others, which combine cognitive and humanistic methods in an eastern psychology context.

Stuart is registered for humanistic practice with the NACHP (validators for the CNHC PSA AR), and the UKAHPP (who hold a PSA AR)

Fellow: Counsellor & Clinical Psychotherapist
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UKAHPP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor (ordinary member: humanistic non clinical therapy only)

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