Human Givens Psychotherapy


Effective, fast and practical help for anyone suffering from:


  • Depression                     
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-harming
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Relationship problems
  • ......and  more

Feel better today... Brief, Solution-Focused Counselling 

Therapist Janette Houghton MHGI HG.Dip.P  offers reliable and practical help for all of the above. She can help you move on with your life as quickly as possible.

What are the Human Givens?   

Although we are all unique individuals we all come into the world with the same basic physical and emotional needs such as air, sustenance, shelter and warmth and emotional ones such as security, attention, being emotionally connected to others, feeling in control, having status and the sense that life is meaningful, which comes from being healthily stretched in our lives.
It is the law of nature that, if we are getting our innate needs met in a balanced way we cannot become stressed or develop mental illness. Nature also gives us a range of innate resources to help us meet those needs, these include memory, imagination, problem-solving abilities, self-awareness and a range of different thinking styles to use in various changing situations. These needs and resources are built into our biology and make up the 'givens' of human nature.  
Therapists, counsellors and psychiatrists trained in human givens approach focus on finding out what exactly is preventing a distressed person from getting their innate needs met and helping them do something about it by using their innate resources creativity in new ways. To do this, they use a variety of up-to-date, proven psychological methods and techniques focused on problem solving and developing new life skills. Janette is trained in the use of clinical hypnosis to reinforce the therapeutic work she does and achieve positive change for clients.


What does this treatment involve?

The treatment starts with the therapist finding out about your life and the difficulties you are experiencing. Often from the first session she will begin to use relaxation methods together with a wide range of other techniques. These work to activate your own natural resources and they are the key to providing you with immediate relief from psychological stress. 

She 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, from here she will activate your natural resources to help you feel better and get back control of your life. Treatment ends when you're happy that you've made enough progress to continue living a healthy life without regular assistance from the therapist. (Human givens therapists do not encourage people to become dependent on therapy).


How long will it take?

Everyone's situation is different, but we aim to take as few sessions as possible and you can fully expect improvements to begin from the first session.
People rarely need more than six sessions to make significant progress and lasting improvements, often as few as three or four are necessary.
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