Humanistic Psychotherapy Builds Up The Individual

Humanistic psychotherapy is a theory which depends for success on the concept of the individual desire for self-realization, or the desire of the individual to get the most out of who they are. It is only one branch of the extremely complex science of psychotherapy, but it is a branch which shows much promise in dealing with conditions where the patient is not afflicted with extreme trauma from the past. This type of case is one which is constantly recurring in a world undergoing much change, and where people are uncertain of their future.

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This type of therapy is one which works best when the patient is sitting directly across from the practitioner, as happens with most psychotherapy. It can even be useful to have a desk between the two parties, and to have the patient sitting at a slightly higher altitude. There is less need here for an intimate connection to be made, than there is for the patient to feel that they are in control of the situation. If they can feel in control of this situation, and make the most of it, they are likely to be able to feel in control of others as their mental processes are improved and refined.

This type of psychotherapy is one which can be practiced over as long or short a time as the patient needs, in direct contrast with many of the other similar therapies which demand a certain length of treatment. The only circumstances is which the treatment will not work are those where the patient has a pre-existing condition involving trauma, or negative emotional experiences buried deep within the mind. In those cases, it is not a case of building up the desire of the conscious mind, but of relieving the subconscious mind of its baggage. Other types of therapy, which involve regression, are needed here.

Once a patient with this type of problem has managed to reach the buried memory and remove the charge from it, they are then able to proceed with any other therapies which may involve the use of the conscious mind. The humanistic psychotherapy theory is more likely to work on people who are confused or uncertain as to their future, rather than people who are genuinely depressed. It can have a positive effect on depression, but it is unlikely to be a complete treatment unless it can be combined with another therapy which addresses cause.


The teachings of this type of psychotherapy are inexorably linked to many others, and the subject needs to be taught as a whole for the practitioner to have the tools they need to work with. For this reason, college courses which cover psychotherapy are comprehensive. In the United States, you will need to have a license before you can practice psychotherapy, and this license is only issued to those who have taken an accredited training course. The course is part of the established learning system, and can be taken on a mainstream college campus.

Alternatively, you can study humanistic psychotherapy through a private, independent learning center. These centers are highly sensitive to the needs of modern students, and provide the opportunity for them to study most of the material at home. This means that you will be able to keep your existing career until you are able to find a place within your new one, and also that you can study in your own surroundings in which you feel comfortable. When you have obtained your certification and the license to practice, you can then deepen your study to include fringe techniques such as humanistic psychotherapy.

Author: Marc Knox






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