Human Givens Counselling and Psychotherapy

The human givens approach draws on the latest findings from psychology and neurobiology about how people really function and what we need to lead fulfilling lives.

It takes into account research that has established which psychotherapeutic techniques are the most effective for relieving a wide range of emotional distress and behavioural difficulties.

The human givens approach is supported by Primary Care Mental Health Education (Primhe), affiliated with the Royal College of General Practitioners, and your practitioner is a member of the accrediting professional body, the Human Givens Institute (HGI), and abide by their professional conduct and ethics policies.

The Human Givens Institute’s professional register of human givens therapists and counsellors has been accredited in the UK by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The Professional Standards Authority is an independent statutory body established to protect the public through its work with organisations that register and regulate people working in health and social care.

Treatment starts out with your practitioner finding out about you and the difficulties you are experiencing. More often than not, right from the first session they will also begin using relaxation methods, together with a wide range of other techniques.

These exercises work to activate your own natural resources and are key to providing you with immediate relief from psychological stress. Your practitioner will also work out some achievable and realistic goals to focus on, starting with small manageable steps and continuing at a pace which suits you. You will work together to set goals that are clear and meaningful to you.

From here on they will activate your natural resources to help you to feel better and take back control of your life.

At each session they check out what effects the treatment is having for you and, if necessary, work through any unanticipated difficulties.

Treatment ends when you’re happy that you’ve made enough progress to continue living a healthy life without regular assistance from your practitioner. (Human givens therapists do not encourage people to become dependent on therapy.)

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Therapists at Ashlins

Jim Aberdein is our Human Givens practitioner.
Book an appointment by calling 020 8520 5268.


How much does it cost?

Human Givens therapy costs £60 per session. Sessions last about an hour.

Call 020 8520 5268 to book.

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

020 8520 5268

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