Human Givens Therapy


> reduce anxiety 
> break the cycle of depression 
> resolve trauma 
> manage anger 
> stop addictive behaviour 
> relieve medical conditions 
> improve relationships 
Internationally Accredited Psychotherapist, FCMI, HGdip, PsychD

Dan Ireland

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How does Human Givens differ from other therapies?

The human givens approach – which was developed 30 years ago – derives from the understanding that, when essential emotional needs are met and our innate mental resources are used correctly, a human being will be emotionally and mentally healthy. Essential psychological needs identified over decades of work by health and social psychologists include needs for autonomy, sense of control, security, connection, attention, achievement, status and meaning. Innate resources, much studied by neuroscientists, include our abilities to learn from experience, plan, judge, imagine, relate one thing to another, empathise, develop a moral sense, remember, etc.

It is when emotional needs are not adequately met, or are met in unhealthy ways, or when innate resources are damaged for any reason, or are unintentionally misused, that undesirable mental states such as anxiety, anger, depression, addiction and psychosisdevelop. For instance, misuse of the imagination – to conjure up worst possible or threatening scenarios – is a common feature of all these states.

Helping people thrive

Human Givens Psychotherapy is a highly practical and effective framework for emotional health and clear thinking that has wide-ranging applications and implications…
The human givens (HG) approach originated in the field of psychotherapy and the many new insights provided by the research of its founders, Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, have been quietly revolutionising the effective treatment of mental health and behavioural problems for the last 30 years.
The organising ideas and framework contained in the human givens approach have subsequently been found to be so universally applicable that HG principles are now also used in many other settings, such as education, business and diplomacy – improving outcomes and increasing our understanding of human nature and how to interact with people in a way that enhances their emotional health and helps them make the most of their abilities and talents.

30 Years of Research

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