Human Givens Therapy:  Psychotherapy & Life Coaching

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The Human Givens approach is a set of organising ideas that provides a holistic, 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.

The Human Givens: People whose emotional needs are met in a balanced way are less likely to suffer mental health problems.

Effective, fast and practical help for anyone suffering from depression, phobias, anxiety & stress, poor sleep and more...


1:1  in confidence Counselling sessions


"The black cloud has lifted and I feel so much brighter since speaking with Sue."   (Alex, Edinburgh)

"Before we met I had felt I was stuck in the house and has been quite low for some time.  I was surprised that after meeting you Sue just twice, I was able to go out dancing ...  fantastic."  (Chris, Perthshire)

"I feel back on track.  Our work was a very constructive influence under the circumstances I am going through."   (Jan, Edinburgh)


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  Initial session  60 minutes   £75.00 


   These can be arranged at a time to suit at:   

   Weekdays and evenings at     

                            The Conan Doyle Centre, 

                             25 Palmerston Place, 

                             Edinburgh,  EH12 5AP 

   Saturdays:  at  The Life Care Centre, 

                            2 Cheyne Street, 


                            Edinburgh EH4 1JB


     Or alternatives venues in Edinburgh, Fife, Perthshire and elsewhere. Last appointment time from 7:30pm - 8:30pm



The Human Givens.
We are all born with essential physical and emotional needs and, if we are born healthy, the innate resources (tools, or 'guidance systems') to help us fulfil them.  It is because these needs and resources are incorporated into our very biology that they have become known as the human 'givens'.  When our innate emotional needs are not being met, or when our resources are misuses, or not used at all, we sufffer considerable distress, and so can those around us.   


Our fundamental emotional needs are: 
 1.    Security - safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop fully
 2.    Attention (to give and receive it) - a  form of nutrition
 3.    Sense of autonomy and control - having volition to make responsible choices
 4.    Feeling part of a wider community
 5.    Privacy - opportunity to reflect and consolidate experience
 6.    Meaning and purpose - which come from being stretched in what we do and think
 7.    Intimacy - to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are, "warts and all"
 8.    Sense of status within social groupings
  9.   Achievement & Competence: Sense of competence and achievement (from which comes self-esteem)

The resouces nature gave us to help us meet our needs include:
The ability to develop complex, long-term memory, which enables us to add to our innate knowledge and learn
The ability to build rapport, empathise and connect with others
Emotions and instinct
Imagination, which enables us to focus our attention away from our emotions, use language and solve more creatively and objectively
A conscious, rational mind that can check out emotions, question, analyse and plan
The ability to 'know' - that is, understand the world unconsciously thorugh metaphorical pattern matching
An observing self - that part of us that can step back, be more objective and be aware of itself as a unique entres of awareness, apart form intellect, emotion and conditioning
A dreaming brain that preserves the integrity of our genetic inheritance every night by metaphorically defusing expectations held in the autonomic arousal system because they are not acted out the previous day.
                                            FROM: The Human Givens by Joe Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell.