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Human Givens - Fast, Effective Therapy

What Does Human Givens Help?

> reduce anxiety 
> break the cycle of depression 
> resolve trauma 
> manage anger 
> stop addictive behaviour 
> relieve medical conditions 
> improve relationships 

What is the Cost and How long?

The Therapy sessions last between 1 hour and  1 hour and a half.

The cost for these sessions are $90 and are 1 to 1.

Your Human Givens Therapist

Dan Ireland

About the human givens approach

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 20 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.

How does Human Givens differ from other therapies?

The human givens approach – which was developed 20 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.

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Some recent testimonials

“For anyone with anxiety issues set off particularly by certain triggers from a previous experience and exacerbated by stress, then I would absolutely recommend Human Givens.

Having tried other therapies over the years with little resolution, I can say that I have attended multiple social gatherings and have had the best time without feeling the need to leave early for once even though I have had far more ‘triggers’ for stress more recently.

I feel as though a weight has finally been lifted and that confusing journey of the mind has come to an end.
Thank you Dan”


I wanted to thank you for the session yesterday and giving your time once again to remind us of how beautiful Mother Nature really is and how easy it is to appreciate it – my cousin was over from Scotland and it was her first meditation which she thoroughly enjoyed and hoping she will take away some of the relaxed state she felt afterward!

Also our niece attended your beginner mediation class and she absolutely loved it.

It was really interesting after last week that yesterday was my first time as a passenger in the car … I only noticed last night that I had been in the car a few times and that I hadn’t felt scared/ concerned or anything – there was one moment where I used my invisible break but it was more of an automatic reaction rather than an emotional one and there were no emotions related to it.

I have also been reflecting on my reactions since the session and it’s very weird but they have really changed – there have been a lot of people in our house this week with lots of visitors every day too which After a couple of days I would started to feel on edge and wanting to start cleaning/ tidying/ worrying that things were getting out of control and I kept waiting to feel this way but nothing came of it … I have really felt another shift and although there are niggles it’s ok!


I just wanted to share with you the positivity that was today – despite a very busy day at work for the first time in goodness how many years I actually thought to myself … WOW this is how people that don’t suffer with anxiety must feel … like all the time … it was a welcome change and whilst I know I still have a long way to go but that glimpse of what it could be was just MAGICAL … THANK YOU 🙏


I wanted to thank you for showing me a different way of viewing/dealing with life. I will use what you have shown me to hopefully further me.

I am still really annoyed that you understood me, but also pleased because you have helped me get out of a hole and the misery I had become. (even more miffed now).

Have to admit I was a bit panicked when I knew you were going as your sessions had sorta become a sanctuary. But I feel at peace enough to deal with that.


I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you, again, for taking us on such a great journey through Human Givens.

I thought I knew how to manage my mental health until that scare, but the sessions have really helped me better understand how to relax and believe in myself again. I now feel in control of my thoughts (or at least my reaction to them), able to harness my creativity better and actually really feel a lot more love and care towards myself.

I’m am also going to keep studying and practicing meditation – I’ve come away really inspired.

So thank you again! It’s been one of those life changing things and I’m really grateful.

My 5 year old daughter is terminally ill and I suffer from a lot of stress and anxiety around that. I am usually in a panicked state a lot of the time.

As I mentioned in our last session, we were in her hospital during the week and I really found the whole experience a lot easier using the techniques you had shown me. I’ve also just felt a lot less overwhelmed generally and a lot more able to cope. I am just left with a sense that everything is alright and what will be, will be.

I know I have a long way to go but it feels as though you have shown me a way of finding a little bit of peace of mind and a little bit of peace which then has a really powerful effect on the rest of my day.

Thank you once again! I can’t really express how helpful I found our sessions.


You have helped me so much – I can’t thank you enough.


Just wanted to thank you again for your beautiful work with Paul. Not only you got him out of the darkness he was in but also gave him the tools to cope with things in the future.

As a result, he has been accepted as an apprentice at a local accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, and starts on September 2nd. So he’s out here with us on the family holiday, driving around northern Italy, enjoying his last weeks of ‘freedom’!

He’s not coping well with the heat but getting used to it.

Paul's Mum








Evidence for the Human Givens Approach

The British Psychological Society’s leading peer-reviewed journal, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice published a 12-month evaluation in 2011 of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice.
The result showed that more than three out of four patients were either symptom-free or reliably changed as a result of HG therapy.  This was achieved in an average of only 3.6 sessions, significantly better than the recovery rate published for the UK government’s flagship IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme, which uses therapists trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

In 2012 PTSD Resolution, a charity which uses Human Givens therapists to help war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health problems reported an 83 per cent success rate in resolving these issues (findings presented to the British Psychological Society).

In September 2012 the Mental Health Review published two peer-reviewed academic papers showing the effectiveness of the Human Givens approach.  The first involved the treatment of mild to moderate depression, and the second the therapeutic value of the Human Givens Emotional Needs Audit tool. This research work was done by a distinguished team of academics, Dr Anna Tsaroucha, Professor Paul Kingston, Director of the Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Dr Ian Walton, General Practitioner and Professor Tony Stewart, Professor in Public Health. It was also independently peer reviewed.

The Mental Health Review is an influential, high quality source of information and intelligence for researchers, managers, commissioners, purchasers and practitioners working in the field of mental health, so the content will be noticed. We hope it will also be acted upon, especially since it reveals that huge savings could be made if the Human Givens approach was more widely adopted.
Following this review the academics recommend that the HG model be adopted by the NHS as a bona fide model of therapy in its own right.

You can read the original papers on the Mental Health Review website by clicking the following links:

Assessing the effectiveness of the “human givens” approach in treating depression (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/13619321211270416)

The emotional needs audit (ENA): a report on its reliability and validity  (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/13619321211270407)

The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation open to those wishing to support and promote the human givens approach through all forms of psychological, educational and social interactions, and the professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who work in alignment with the best scientific knowledge available about the givens of human nature.

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