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Choosing a therapist

There are hundreds of different counselling and psychotherapy models – including CBT, person-centred counselling, humanistic therapy, integrative and holistic counselling, psychodynamic therapy, behaviour therapy, hypnotherapy and so on. This can be extremely confusing, particularly for vulnerable people seeking help. And it is no less confusing for GPs wishing to refer patients to an expert in dealing with emotional problems.

It has only recently been realised that effective counselling or psychotherapy always depends on how attuned the counsellor is to the givens of human nature so, although most counsellors and psychotherapists are accredited by a professional body, this is no guarantee of their effectiveness. By contrast human givens practitioners have been rigorously assessed for their effectiveness.  And the HGI activitely encourages its members to contribute to our ongoing outcome-informed research, which monitors their ongoing effectiveness.

Human givens practitioners do not waste time just endlessly listening to you or attempting to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories from the past, since research shows this tends to confuse and upset vulnerable people.

Nor do they deal in time-wasting, prolonged voyages of 'self-discovery'. Instead they offer practical help that deals with mental and emotional distress in the here and now.

They are trained by Human Givens College whose practical, down-to-earth brief psychotherapy UK-based training and online courses give an essential knowledge base, whilst shining new light on key problem areas, such as the ground-breaking insights into the cycle of depression, and teaching students the most effective therapeutic techniques for resolving emotional distress (drawn from a wide range of proven approaches, such as CBT and others approved by NICE).

This ensures that all qualified HG practitioners have a sound body of knowledge and the skills necessary to help people quickly with a wide variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties.

HG practitioners on the official HGI register which is accredited in the UK by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and are fully accredited Registered Members of the Human Givens Institute, which means the Institute monitors their professional conduct and continuing personal development, that they have agreed to abide by its ethics policy, its complaints procedure and that they have full public liability insurance.


> How a human givens therapist can help

> Find your nearest human givens therapist

> How the HG approach differs from other therapy approaches