Chapter 4: Humanistic Practice

Learning Objectives

This chapter introduces you to the philosophy and theories underpinning a number of humanistic therapies, including Person-Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.

Reflection Questions

  • What are the distinctive features of each of these approaches, and what are their commonalities?
  • Watch the video on Theory in Action: Person-Centred (Non-Directive) Approach and consider your response: what do you see as the strengths and weakness of the Person-Centred Approach?

With these questions in mind, watch the following videos:

David Hutchinson gives a very brief overview of the goals and key figures in person-centred counselling

Pauline Andrew introduces ways of integrating Gestalt theory in clinical counselling practice