Why is a Human Givens therapist so special?
Human Givens is a slightly odd name for something which makes so much sense, that when you understand the basics of it, it is hard to imagine why everybody does not see things that way. And you can certainly understand why a Human Givens therapist is so special.
This is a summary of how a Human Givens therapist/counsellor sees things and how we go about helping people lost in depression, anxieties, addictions, overwhelming life problems and so on.
- We want to know how well that person’s life is working now. Specifically what essential human needs are not being met – around safety, control, relationships and the work they do. We ask this because we know that if a person’s needs are being well met, then they will be OK.
- We then want to understand how that person got where there are now? What happened to them, both recently or further back that meant that they found they could not cope, however hard they tried and then things got worse and not better.
- We would then want to begin to heal some of that person’s resources, particularly focusing on their emotions. Because we would see clearly that their emotions were often out of control and as a result, self confidence was low. And we know how to do this in most cases – often by using hypnotherapy and trance and being able to clear away traumatic memories.
- Finally we will help our client refocus on doing things so that they can take the necessary action to get their life working better. We would remind them of their strengths and good experiences, that maybe they had forgotten about.
Nine Counselling Principles for Human Givens
Meeting essential needs is a prerequisite for emotional health. We will normally undertake a needs audit – how well are your needs being met now?
Human beings are problem-solving creatures.
Achievable, concrete and relevant goal setting is an essential prerequisite for you to change.
High emotional arousal makes us all stupid and learning takes place when calm.
We will work to enhance emotional intelligence – to increase your awareness and to communicate the understanding of the sources of stress. To learn tools and methods for stress alleviation and to work with you when you are relaxed.
Often trauma or trauma like symptoms will be at the root of emotional distress.
Human Givens practitioners are trained in the Rewind technique which quickly removes most traumatic experiences from the emotional brain.
Imagination is the main engine for improved performance.
Guided imagery and visualisation will be a powerful aid to motivate and rehearse helpful change.
Creativity is accessed in a relaxed state of flow.
You can respond well to tailor made methods that allow access to your creative right brain so that it will work harmoniously with the logical and ordered left brain.
The brain understands and communicates by patterns (metaphors) and seeks to complete these in the environment.
Our conversations are built around metaphor/story identification and construction that will make sense on all levels.
Our capacities and resources are always greater than we think.
We will work at all times to identify and refocus or to restore and amplify your resources, which in most cases will be accessible from your past memories and experiences.
For all of us, emotions precede and drive thoughts and actions.
There are a range of methods that can be used and which have as their objective the creation of appropriate emotional tags to the events and circumstances that you are likely to be experiencing.
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Human Givens therapists are grounded and practical in the help they give and are proven to be effective Listen/download
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is as much use for depression as a peashooter is to down an elephant Listen/download
All good therapy requires a reframe – which is to change our focus towards our strengths and beneficial change Listen/download
Emotional healing begins when there is a movement in the right direction, which can then develop a life of its own Listen/download