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My approach

I am a Human Givens therapist, which means I am trained in the most up-to-date evidence-based approach to psychotherapy, counselling and coaching.

My approach is practical, collaborative and solution focused - always supportive. I will help you to move forward without unduly dredging up the past or dwelling on painful memories. I will make lasting changes in your life giving you the tools to manage all aspects of your life while building upon your own resources. And I will do this in as few sessions as possible.

The average is about 4 sessions but sometimes less or maybe more may be needed depending on your particular circumstances

Colleen Sodano
Human givens is a new approach to human well being and clear thinking

The human givens

All forms of mental distress arise because, in one way or another, people’s physical or emotional needs are not being met. Our essential needs and our innate resources to help meet them – the ‘givens’ of human nature – are at the heart of the human givens approach. If all our needs are met in balance, making us confident about our place in the world and the people we connect with, we don’t suffer from disabling conditions, such as anxiety and stress, depression, addictions, phobias or panic attacks.

We all know that we have physical needs – for food, water, warmth and shelter – which must be sufficiently met to enable us to survive and thrive. But people often don’t realise that certain emotional needs are just as crucial for both our mental and physical health. Decades of health and social research have revealed, for instance, that a sense of security, intimacy, social connection, status, autonomy and control, competence and achievement, and meaning and purpose are also vital, if we are to stay in good health and feel fulfilled in our lives. Our innate resources for helping us meet these needs include the ability to build rapport, empathise and connect with others; to learn, problem solve, remember and plan; to use our imaginations productively; and to step back and take an objective look at our circumstances. When any of our important needs is seriously unmet over a significant period or any of our resources is not made best use of, mental and physical ill health may develop.

This is why, when human givens practitioners work with people in mental distress, they look for what is missing in those people’s lives and seek ways to redress that, as well as teaching them important life-coping skills.

From the Human Givens Institute

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