What is the

Human Givens Approach?

Human Givens has evolved to be a brief and effective solution-focused therapy and therapists will always work in the fewest sessions necessary.  It quickly helps people return to a healthy and sustainable psychological state. Research has shown that more than 3 in 4 clients were either symptom free or significantly recovered in an average of only 3.6 sessions.* For people dealing with more complex life situations, a longer period may be required but benefits should be experienced immediately.
The organising idea behind Human Givens therapy is that human beings are born with a set of emotional needs, such as the need for good relationships, to have control over their lives or to find meaning in their activities.  We are born with the skills to get these needs met but sometimes things go awry.  When our needs are not met in balance, our system is put under stress resulting in mental ill-health.
A Human Givens therapist can help a client to meet their emotional needs so that they can get on with their lives with a renewed sense of well-being.  It is a holistic approach and uses proven techniques from many effective therapies as well as insights and wisdom drawn from many sources such as psychology, neurobiology and sociology.  It does not focus unduly upon the past but rather upon how the client can begin to move forward and to feel better.
Human Givens therapy is particularly suited to dealing with depression, anxiety and anxiety-related conditions, panic attacks, trauma, PTSD, anger management, phobias, social anxiety, stress, self-harm and counselling for young people, children.
Whatever your current difficulty, we can work together to make a difference in the here and now.
Further information about Human Givens can be found here www.hgi.org.uk.
Read an article about Human Givens therapy in the journal Psychology Today here
If you have any questions about the Human Givens approach or would like to make an appointment, please get in touch.

Location and prices

Sessions are held in comfortable consulting rooms in central Oxshott.  The first session is 90 minutes and costs £90.  Subsequent sessions are 75 minutes and cost £75.  Sessions with children are usually 1 hour and cost £60.


We will complete the therapy in as few sessions as possible. Typically people attend for between 4 and 6 sessions but you might need more or fewer depending upon the complexity of your situation.

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* Andrews, W P, Wislocki, A P, Short, F, Chow, D, Minami, T (2013) "A 5-year evaluation of the Human Givens therapy using a Practice Research Network", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol 18 Issue: 3, 2013, pp 165-176. 

Andrews, W, Twigg, E, Minami, T and Johnson, G (11 February 2011) ‘Piloting a practice research network: A 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice.' Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice (British Psychological Society)