Feature by Nikita Fernandes
Mahatma Gandhi writes that “The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.” There is power in acknowledging our humanity. To be human means that we make mistakes, say the wrong things, trust people who hurt us and feel emotions deeply. Being human also allows us to feel a great capacity of love, compassion and empathy. A humanistic therapist engages in humanistic therapy when they hold space for their client to sit with their humanness. In sitting with this, we are able to access grace and kindness for ourselves and for our past.
Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers developed the field of humanistic therapy in the 1950's. It is different from other approaches like psychoanalysis and cognitive behavior therapy as it pays special attention to positive human potential. Humanistic therapy is also client-centered and strength based in how it empowers clients to take charge of their lives. It is a very effective tool for anxiety, depression, trauma and many other challenges.
So today, I invite you to sit with your humanity and foster grace for yourself as you move through this challenging world. After all, we're just human.
Sara Schapiro-Halberstam, LMHC