Humanistic Psychotherapy is a psychodynamic process, using an intentional interpersonal relationship between therapist and client to increase the client’s sense of well-being. It is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, panic and stress-related physical ailments, and the benefits of the therapy grow after treatment has ended. Humanistic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and client as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the client’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives. Humanistic Therapy is explicitly concerned with the development of an individual, with an emphasis on subjective meaning and a concern for positive growth. It posits an inherent human capacity to maximize potential, 'the self-actualizing tendency', and creates a relational environment where this tendency can flourish.
M.A. BRAUER, MFT