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What is 'effective' counselling?

Strong emotions like depression, anxiety and anger are at the root of why so many people seek help from GPs, counsellors, psychotherapists or clinical psychologists.[1] At any one time millions of people in the UK suffer from the negative effects of these emotions.[2]

Despite their training, and good intentions, many professionals are not good at dealing with the disruption that out of control emotions cause their clients. Some common forms of counselling, for example, are known to make depression and anxiety disorders worse.[3] Conversely, the right type of counselling is known to be more effective than drug treatments for all of these conditions.

Human givens therapy is in this category of counselling. It offers effective and practical help for people who are depressed, anxious, phobic, or suffering from trauma, addiction, anger disorders or relationship problems. It is effective because it draws on findings from psychology and neurobiology about how people really function, as well as international research studies that have established which counselling techniques are most effective.


  1. Le Doux, J. The Emotional Brain (1998). Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  2. Source: MIND - National Association for Mental health.
  3. Danton, W., Antonuccio, D. and De Nelsky, G. (1995). Depression: Psychotherapy is the best medicine. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 26, 574. See also: Danton, W., Antonuccio, D. and Rosenthal, Z. (1997). No need to panic, The Therapist, Vol 4, No.
  4. Any form of counselling that encourages excessive emotional introspection can prolong depression and anxiety.