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Koru Symbol Human Givens


The Human Givens approach is a set of ideas that provides a holistic and scientific framework for understanding the way that individuals and society work.

This framework encompasses the latest scientific understandings from neurobiology and psychology, as well as ancient wisdom and original new insights.  

At its core is a highly empowering idea – that human beings, like all organic beings, come into this world with a set of physical and emotional needs. If these needs are met appropriately, it is not possible to be mentally ill. Perhaps no more powerful a statement could ever be made about the human condition: If human beings' needs are met well enough, they won't get depressed; they cannot have psychosis; they won't fall into the grip of addictions. It is just not possible.

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Physical and Emotional Needs Stacked Pebbles

The HG approach understands that we come into the world with an instinctive knowledge of what we need and with a set of innate resources or innate guidance system that can help us get our needs met. Provided we use this knowledge and inner resources properly, and are living in a healthy environment, we will remain well, confident, happy and energised about our life.

Our innate guidance system, together with our physical and emotional needs, make up what we call the Human Givens.

​So we can see that when our needs are not in balance or are not being met when we feel unable to employ our innate resources, we begin to feel challenged. We may begin to feel: Stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia. We develop OCD, phobias, eating disorders, addiction in an attempt to feel more in control and more positive about ourselves.


If we experience trauma we manifest other signs of emotional discomfort that impact negatively on how we live our lives.

With the Human Givens simple and common sense modal and approach, it has been shown that 3-4 clients can recover a sense of wellness and calm and a sense of control in only 3.6 sessions. 


Human Givens is an effective client-centred brief solution focussed therapy which empowers the client to feel positive and in control quickly and efficiently leaving them feeling excited about life once again.

To read the research and evidence on the effectiveness of HG take some time to read some articles by clicking on this link.

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