What people say about human givens
“I would recommend the human givens approach to anybody for anything – anywhere, anytime and any place – it’s a lifeline.
"As well as my medico-legal work, I have worked in Bosnia with the women victims of war, those who have been in the rape camps. I also work with the IRA, and with amputees. Helping people to adapt to whatever situation they find themselves in has been running through my whole professional and personal life.
"HG is hugely beneficial wherever we go with it as it gives us the ability to go into any situation and help effectively. Knowledge of the human givens approach allows us to understand what’s going on internally, whatever the external circumstances, and therefore have the capacity to stay with difficult conversations and situations and find solutions."
Medico-legal consultant, former NHS occupational therapist
“No matter who comes through my door, I know that I can enable that person to help themselves. Together we can take a step back from whatever the problem is and use the human givens framework to look at the situation and find solutions.”
Human Givens Therapist and Nurse
“The impact of human givens training has been unbelievable – positive, quick results which enable distressed people to engage in quality of life once more. ”
Army Welfare Officer
"Please thank everyone involved with the human givens approach for making coherent sense of what was, and still is for many people, a right old muddle. It seems to bring all the relevant information about what it is to be human together into a simple whole that enables us to see ourselves and get ourselves together. In an insane age it provides more than a glimmer of human hope."
"The human givens approach is completely and seamlessly integrated into the way I work as a GP, and I would certainly feel lost and disabled without it.
"There is no doubt that the information on issues like depression, anxiety, anger, addiction is invaluable, as well as the general model, which I use multiple times a day in my work, probably in some respect with every patient I see, even if only to calm them down if they are anxious or agitated about coming to see the doctor!"
Dr Andrew Morrice
General Practioner, UK
“Practical and empowering – a genuine breath of fresh air in the world of psychology and therapy.”
Senior Mental Health Practitioner
“Thank you! The human givens approach is making a difference to so many lives due to your common sense approach to mental health problems.”
Explore our articles and interviews
Ivan Tyrrell talks to Anne Glyn-Jones author of "Holding up a Mirror" about the dynamics of history that eventually lead to the destruction of security, prosperity and artistic achievement.
Iain Caldwell uses many case studies in his description of how the human givens approach to helping people in distress has had a huge impact on mental health services in Hartlepool.
Trevor Bailey, head of Worle School, raises issues about the impact of targets and inspections on the well-being of staff and thus on motivation and effectiveness..
Community psychiatric nurse Liz Potts describes her experience as one of the few primary care professionals in Coventry using the human givens approach.
In this 2009 article, Bill Andrews describes the practice-based evidence that has emerged from studies of the human givens approach to date and explains why the future looks positive.
John Bell suggests that only a radically different, innate needs-based approach to conflict resolution can bring a possibility of peace to the Middle East.
It took millions of years for the human mind to evolve into the self-forming creature we can now become.
When we react excessively to events, major or minor, we may be victims of a primitive survival mechanism gone awry, suggests Joe Griffin. Despite often causing years of distress, it can be treated successfully — and usually remarkably quickly.
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