This course focuses on familiarizing students with the theoretical underpinnings of the humanistic approaches. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the orienting theoretical and practical principles that guide Person-centred, Gestalt and Existential psychotherapy. More specifically, the traditional Rogerian theory of counselling, as well as the contemporary Person-centred, Gestalt and Existential theories of psychotherapy will be analysed. Furthermore, this course is specifically designed to prepare students develop and apply humanistic interventions in individual psychotherapy. Emphasis is placed on the therapist’s use of self, the therapeutic relationship, empathy, unconditional positive regard, congruence, working in the “here-and-now”, the stance of “being with the client”, the therapeutic “holding, freedom and responsibility”. Finally, this module provides the ground for students to develop self-reflectivity and therefore to critically evaluate their humanistic interventions and skills. 


By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate:

  • ·        Criticise the philosophical bases which underpin humanistic theories
  • ·        Discuss the various humanistic strategies in clinical intervention
  • ·        Apply the basic and therapeutic core conditions in developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship in individual therapy
  • ·        Demonstrate a phenomenological assessment of clients’ difficulties
  • ·        Adapt and apply humanistic interventions to different phases of therapy
  • ·        Recognize the limitations/possibilities of various humanistic interventions
  • ·        Demonstrate a reflective stance towards their personal and professional skills