Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the Human Givens

We are all unique, yet we all come into this world with basic physical and emotional needs. Physical needs such as the need for shelter, sustenance, warmth and safety. And innate emotional needs which include:

security, attention, being emotionally connected to others, feeling in control, having status, self-esteem and a sense of meaning, derived from being 'stretched' in our lives.

Human Givens



I've really valued Peggy's
non-judgemental, gentle approach....  Peggy has ..... worked with me in a partnership.  I've really
valued it.

From an exhausted and overstretched nurse and medical practitioner



My therapist has done an amazing job and I am so happy with the support and therapy I have received.

From a traumatised soldier



Without your help we wouldn't be able to support
all the people who use our services.

From Mind BLMK  where Peggy volunteers



Work such as yours is invaluable.

From a client caring for his wife with Parkinson's Disease



Thanks so much for all the help and support you've given me.  You've made such a difference

From  a client with complicated medical conditions



Thank you so much for all your help through this difficult time for me

A client who suffered from multiple back injuries and trauma from an accident at work



Thank you for your support during the difficult time in my life regarding work.  I now have the tools to use to help myself not just at work also in my home life if needed.

From a shop steward



“I have taken my first steps to sorting out Michael's things. Thank you so much for your help in getting me this far.”

From a bereaved wife



“My friend ....each time ..  (she sees me)... notices a great change in me...”

From a client suffering from stress at work



“I believe you are a very special individual”

From a client with eating disorder







We also have a range of innate resources to help us meet these needs. These include: memory, imagination, problem-solving abilities, self-awareness and a range of different thinking styles to use in various changing situations. Built into our biology, together these needs and resources make up the 'givens' of human nature.


However, if our innate emotional needs are not being met well, for whatever reason, or our resources are being used incorrectly, we can suffer considerable distress and so can those around us.


Understanding this, therapists and counsellors working from the human givens approach focus on helping distressed people identify their unmet emotional needs and empower them to meet them by creatively activating their own natural resources in new ways. To do this, we use a variety of up-to-date, proven psychological methods and techniques focused on problem solving and developing new life skills.


Why is this approach so effective?

The human givens approach draws on the latest findings from psychology and neurobiology about how people really function and what we need to lead fulfilling lives It also takes into account international research studies that have established which psychotherapeutic techniques are the most effective for relieving a wide range of emotional distress and behavioural difficulties.


Human givens therapists do not just endlessly listen to you or attempt to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories from the past, since research shows this tends to confuse and upset people when they are vulnerable and can actually make depression and anxiety worse Neither do we deal in time-wasting and prolonged so-called voyages of "self-discovery'. Instead we offer practical help in the here and now, based on a sound body of scientific knowledge and skills that have been proven to be effective.


We have all been trained and rigorously assessed b MindFields College, the only psychology college in the UK, which is approved by the British Accreditation Council. The human givens approach is supported by Primary Care Mental Health Education (Primhe) affiliated with the Royal College of General Practitioners, and as a member of our professional body, the Human Givens Institute (HGI), I abide by their professional conduct and ethics policies.


What does this treatment involve?

The treatment starts out with me finding out about you and the difficulties you are experiencing. More often than not, right from the first session we will also begin using relaxation methods, together with a wide range of other techniques. These exercises work to activate your own natural resources and are key to providing you with immediate relief from psychological stress.


How long will it take?

Everyone's situation is different, but we aim to take as few sessions as possible and you can fully expect improvements to begin from the first session. People rarely need more than six sessions to make significant progress and lasting improvements, often as few as three to four are necessary.


Why choose

Human Givens therapy?

Human Givens therapy:

- Facilitates long-lasting improvements

- Takes as few sessions as possible

- Involves minimal dwelling on
the past

- Explores your individual needs and resources

- Finds practical solutions to
your problems