As a humanistic/experiential psychologist I am concerned with the realization of people's full potential and the barriers to its fulfillment. In my practice I assist individuals and couples in getting to the heart of what they are all about.
Humanistic theory emphasizes people's capacity to make rational choices, develop to their maximum potential, and self-actualize. It addresses the issues of respect , concern and positive regard for others. (Humanistic therapy is based on the works of twentieth century philosophers: Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Buber and Søren Kierkegaard ).
Humanistic therapy holds that people are inherently good. It adopts a holistic approach to human existence and pays special attention to such phenomena as human potential, creativity, and free will. It sees personality as being composed of physical, intellectual, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual elements. It encourages the perspective of a "whole person" being greater than the sum of the parts and is geared toward self-exploration. The aim of humanistic therapy is to help clients access and understand their feelings and as a consequence develop a stronger, healthier sense of self, i.e. self-actualization.
She assists clients in replacing the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that do not produce a positive state of being. She ensures that all of the client's feelings are considered, and that she has a firm grasp on the concerns of the client while providing an atmosphere of acceptance and warmth. Humanistic therapist focuses on the individual's strengths and offers non-judgmental stance so clients can integrate the various components of their unique personalities in order to become more self-aware, mature, and authentic. Empathy is one of the most important aspects of humanistic therapy. The therapist is skilled in seeing the world through the eyes of the client so she can understand the actions, feelings, and thoughts of the client from the client's perspective. Her attitude is characterized by compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment. She is an attuned guide walking side by side with the client.
Experiential therapy stems from the Humanistic theory and is based on the assumption that growth and change happen naturally. According to Al Mahrer, who was the father of experiential therapy, therapyentails accessingthe inner experiencing in order to bring about qualitative change in the person's way of being-in -the-world.
Each session includes the following steps:
- ACCESSING THE INNER EXPERIENCING: BEING IN A MOMENT OF STRONG FEELING
- DEVELOPING A GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE INNER EXPERIENCING
- 'BEING' THE INNER EXPERIENCING IN EARLIER LIFE SCENES
- 'BEING' THE NEW PERSON IN THE PRESENT