What are your primary goals as a humanist therapist? What are your long term and short term goals? What are your fundamental principles regarding human development?
Which of the following statements is a primary goal of humanistic psychotherapy?
“I want to understand the human experience in its structural, functional, emotional, mental, neurological, developmental and environmental contexts.” “The process of discovering the meaning of life requires sustained analysis, and I work on these processes.” “My approach to psychotherapy and counseling is experiential and cognitive.” “I believe that humans have a common purpose in extending life.”
The primary goal of humanists in psychotherapy is to assist clients in clarifying, enhancing and expanding their potential. They strive to foster self-awareness, emotional intelligence, positive emotions, and creative thinking. Humanistic therapists also work with their clients in achieving self-help goals such as decreasing negative emotions, developing personal relationships, developing a sense of worth, overcoming isolation and loneliness, and improving their sense of self-awareness and reality. The goal of this therapy is to enhance clients’ well-being, and to make them better able to meet their needs, and these goals may vary from client to client.
The two main components of this therapy is: helping the client in becoming aware of and expressing his/her feelings, and in overcoming distress and negative feelings
As mentioned above, this goal is individualized and varies between clients. The humanist will focus on the client’s problems, needs, concerns and achievements. The psychotherapist will put the emphasis on the client’s feelings and his/her reactions. They should assist the client in maintaining a safe atmosphere free from anxiety and fear, by avoiding triggering the client’s anxiety and fears. A safe environment is important to the humanist because he or she can then help the client learn how to cope with the negative emotions that accompany anxiety and fear.
The second goal is to deal with psychological problems in a systematic way
This goal is not given by every psychologist. A good psychologist will not only offer behavioral therapy but also will include an education or training in cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy deals with the thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. The humanist may use a combination of behavioral and cognitive therapy. The humanist will take into consideration the effect of emotions on behavior and the effect of cognitive therapy on the mental health of a person.
The third goal is to prevent or reduce suffering
This goal may be more specific for some therapists. Humanism may focus on preventing cruelty to animals, minimizing child abuse and neglect, preventing physical or sexual abuse and educating people about AIDS. However, this goal may not be present in all cases. In addition, the humanism may focus on preventing suffering caused by other people. The primary goal of all humanists practicing animal behavior therapy is to ensure the well-being of others.
The fourth goal is to improve the mental health and well-being of the client
This goal may be universal for all mental health specialists, regardless of specialty. All mental health specialists should have this goal as their primary goal of their practice. This is to ensure that the client will achieve the best possible mental health after treatment through the practice of animal behavior therapy.
The fifth and last goal is to enhance the personal development of the client. This goal can be universal for all mental health specialists and can be considered a secondary goal of psychodynamic therapy. All psychodynamic therapists should have this as their primary goal. This is because all clients are seeking growth and wholeness. This goal is also related to the primary goal of humanistic psychotherapy in that wholeness is also related to happiness, which is also part of the primary goal.