Human Givens

Every single one of us is born with essential physical and emotional needs and the innate resources to help us fulfil them. These inborn needs have evolved over millions of years and are our common biological inheritance, whatever our circumstances or cultural background.

It is because these important needs and resources are incorporated into our very biology that they became known as human ‘givens’; if these innate needs aren’t being met well enough in our lives, we are vulnerable to mental health and behavioural problems.

Our innate needs seek their fulfilment through the way we interact with the environment using the resources nature ‘gave’ us. But when our emotional needs are not being met, or we are using our resources incorrectly, we can suffer considerable distress – anger, anxiety depression for instance -and so can those around us. A negative emotion is a sign that one or more of our needs is not being fulfilled in our life.

Simply put, when our needs are fulfilled in our life, we don’t suffer mental health issues. As research shows, Human Givens Psychotherapy and Counselling is perhaps the quickest and most effective way of helping those suffering emotional difficulties to get their needs met in a swift and safe way.

[Research shows that more than 3 in 4 clients were either symptom free or significantly recovered in an average of only 3.6 sessions*].

Contact Tom Lawrence for a short consultation about how Human Givens psychotherapy and counselling can help you on 07887 682291 or email

*In 2011 The British Psychological Society’s leading peer-reviewed journal, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice published a 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice which showed that more than three out of four patients were either symptom-free or reliably changed as a result of HG therapy. This was accomplished in an average of only 3.6 sessions, significantly better than the recovery rate published for the UK government’s flagship IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme.

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