Sean Gibson HG.Dip.P. MHGI
I am a Human Givens Therapist & Life Coach, and can help you to quickly and effectively overcome all types of emotional distress or behaviours that you feel are preventing you from being an effective and fulfilled individual. I will help you to feel better during the very first session.
I have experience working with people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, anger, phobias, panic attacks, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive/compulsive (OCD) and addictive behaviours (such as drug/alcohol misuse and eating disorders).
I have experience working with members of the armed forces and work for a charity called 'PTSD Resolution' that offers free Trauma therapy for veterans.
I also work with families to reduce the emotional distress that life often creates around us. Ensuring all sides feel completely heard and understood while looking at emotional needs and implementing positive strategies to improve relationships between family members.
I have enhanced CRB disclosure and am continually studying in order to stay up to date with the latest ideas and developments in psychology, psychotherapy, education and neuroscience.
Training, qualifications & experience
I passed my Human Givens Diploma with Distinction in June 2009
I successfully completed my Human Givens Post Graduate Diploma (HG.Dip.P.) in January 2011.
I am a Professional Member of the Human Givens Institute and comply with the HGI’s policies on supervision and continued professional development and have professional indemnity insurance.
What is ‘Human Givens Therapy’ and ‘What Can It Do For You’?
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.
There are many hundreds of different therapy models, and whether they work or not depend on how closely they are aligned to biological, psychological and behavioural functioning. 'Human Givens Therapy' encompasses biological, psychological and behavioural functioning into its approach; therefore it is a truly holistic, scientific and practical approach to therapy and life coaching.
At its core is a highly empowering idea - human beings, like all organic beings, come into this world with a set of needs. If those 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, they won't get depressed; they cannot have psychosis; they cannot have manic depression; they cannot be in the grip of addictions. It is just not possible. In the last ten years we have come to a new and deeper understanding of the ways in which the human mind works and how to help it heal. The 'Human Givens' approach to psychotherapy focuses on helping each individual to develop their skills so they can meet their own emotional and physical needs, with the innate resources with which they were born.
In the 'Human Givens' approach we primarily focus on what people need to have happen in their lives in order for them to be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy. We look as objectively as we can at these needs because they have to be fulfilled in the right balance for individuals to flourish.
This means that 'Human Givens Therapy' has been informed by the latest scientific understandings in psychology, neurobiology, sociology, biology and anthropology along with knowledge that has accumulated outside of those particular disciplines. These are sometimes called the wisdom traditions (holistic approach to understanding human nature), which have of course extended over thousands of years.
Human Givens Institute
The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The initial session usually takes 1 1/2 hrs. With subsequent sessions taking 1 hour.
I charge £50 per hours session.
The initial session is only charged at an hours rate at £50
I usually see clients for between 2 to 6 sessions before an agreed goal in treatment is achieved.
Concessions available for students, OAP's and low earners.
I work from a private practice in the centre of Hereford City, with easy access and its own parking. The practice has a reception, consultation room and a larger room for groups and is situated within approximately 5 minutes walk from bus station or 10 minutes from the train station. I am also willing to come to your home for a session, if for whatever reason you will struggle to get to Hereford city centre.
Developing Treatment & Proof of Effectiveness
I ask all my clients to evaluate their progress at each therapy session, by completing a short set of questionnaires that measure emotional needs, well-being, anxiety and depression. This gives an objective measure of their emotional health/distress over the previous week and so evidence of progress through treatment.
Outcomes tell us whether each client actually felt any benefit after each session with us. Only a small percentage of therapists do this but I find that it is an incredibly valuable part of the therapeutic process. I measure outcomes as a matter of routine and this is why we claim to be an "outcome informed" practice.
This is invaluable in helping develop more effective treatment.
What to Expect?
- I will make counselling/therapy as painless as possible
- I will not dwell on the past unnecessarily
- I aim to help you to feel better after every consultation
- I will give information and advice if needed
- I will explain how your brain works with regards to emotion
- I will help you to access the same relaxed state as when you dream
- I will increase your knowledge without jargon or 'psycho babble'
- I will use a variety of techniques as appropriate
- I will calm high levels of emotions as soon as possible
- I will encourage new understandings and solutions
- I will adapt the therapy flexibly and uniquely for you
- I will avoid using a 'preferred' theory regardless of your problems
- I will support you when difficult feelings emerge without dwelling on them
- I am aware of current research in psychology, neurobiology and counselling
- I will take as few sessions as possible
- I will consider the effects of counselling on the people close to you
- I will teach you to relax deeply