Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic therapy is a client-led therapy. It is built on concepts from the humanism philosophy including individuality, innate goodness, and finding meaning in life.

Features of Humanism

Humanism can be applied to life, and therapy, in various ways, but some key features of it are 

  • Humans have natural tendencies to do good
  • The world is a natural place without divine or supernatural influence
  • It is our duty to make the most out of our one life by doing good and living meaningfully
  • What we do affects others, so we should live by empathy-driven ethics 
  • Humans are solely responsible for making the world a better place

Humans are innately good and unique with individual human characteristics and experiences. We are solely responsible for our own life, but our actions impact others as well, so we should be good humans for the sake of humanity. 

What is Humanistic Therapy?

Humanistic therapy is about personal fulfillment and using our evolved strengths and innate tendencies for good to find meaning in life. Humanistic therapy is a holistic approach that removes outside influences and examines a person’s individual characteristics and potential for growth. A client is viewed as a whole including every aspect of themselves and their human experience, rather than a single aspect.

There are various types of humanistic therapies, but they all ride on a relationship with the therapist built on empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard.

Client-Centered Therapy 

Therapy driven by the client and whatever they choose to discuss. The therapist uses active listening, motivational interviewing, unconditional acceptance, and focuses on the client’s strengths.

Existential Therapy 

Based in existentialism, this type of humanistic therapy emphasizes the personal freedom of the individual and the idea that we are free to do what we do and free to create meaning in our lives.

Gestalt Therapy

This therapy is focused on the present. It emphasizes how you feel in the here and now about a certain situation, thought or emotion. It utilizes many narrative therapy techniques.

What We Treat

If you are struggling with your mental health, substance abuse, or both, we are here to help you regain control over your life. Our inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs are designed to treat a wide variety of mental, behavioral, and co-occurring disorders in a comfortable setting.

Mental Health

We diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health disorders, including trauma effects, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and codependency.


Substance use disorders we treat include addiction to alcohol, opiates, fentanyl and prescription opioids, methamphetamine and other stimulants, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and other psychoactive substances.

Other Behavioral Health Concerns

A mental health crisis can be layered and confusing. If you don’t see your disorder listed—or don’t know exactly why you are struggling—reach out to us to see how we can help. We treat each client at Sequoia on a personal level, and we’re ready to help you overcome whatever you may be facing.

Ready to Start Your Healing Journey?

Our experienced, compassionate team is here for you. Reach out to us today by calling us or scheduling a conversation at a time that works for you. All information will be kept private and confidential.

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