Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Human Givens Therapist discusses trauma and PTSD on 'This Morning': I watched my son die.

On 24th November 2014, Human Givens Therapist Joy Griffiths appeared again on ITV's This Morning as an expert in trauma counselling.

The segment centered around the experiences of Tony Broadbent, who lost his son two years ago in a tragic accident on a building site they were working on together. Whilst coming to terms with his loss, Tony was charged with manslaughter - accused of being responsible for the death of his own child. Two years later Tony was finally acquitted by a unanimous jury who made their decision in minutes.

Joy explained that it is possible to recover from such trauma by 'unhooking' the panic response that is associated with a triggered traumatic memory from the memory itself, permanently removing the symptoms of PTSD.

The technique used by Human Givens Therapists to achieve this is called the rewind technique. It is non intrusive and effective, and can take effect in as few as two sessions of counselling.

The rewind technique is used by the military PTSD charity PTSD Resolution that provides counselling for former armed forces, reservists and family.

It was great to see a positive, up-to-date explanation of how trauma works on such a popular show as This Morning. It was very brave of Tony to talk about such a difficult subject on air and we hope he is able to receive the help he needs to overcome this trauma and continue his life with all the fantastic memories he has of his son Kyle.


PTSD: why some techniques for treating it work so fast - An explanation of how and why the rewind technique is so effective.

If you are looking for help with trauma: Find a human givens therapist near you.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

You'll understand dreaming if you understand these three essential points

Last night you went into the REM state and dreamed. You probably don't remember because we evolved not to, although sometimes we do. But all humans dream and most mammals show evidence of doing this. Since time immemorial people have puzzled over the meaning of dreams, these often bizarre night-time visitations that can seem so intensely real and full of meaning while we experience them, but so unfathomable to our conscious mind when we wake up.

In all historical periods, right up to the present, dream interpretation industries have flourished to satisfy our natural longing to understand the mysterious 'messages' that dreams seem to carry. Even today the influence of the idiosyncratic confabulations and fantasies of Freud and Jung permeate our culture and illustrate the continuing virulence of the fanciful dream interpretation industry.

But now, with the expectation fulfillment theory of dreams, we have a viable, scientifically based theory of why we evolved to dream and what dreams are actually doing for us, the situation may quickly become more healthy in this regard.

So, dreaming is the deepest trance state we go into and the three essential points to understand about the expectation fulfilment theory of dreaming are:
1. Dreams are metaphorical translations of waking expectations;

2.  But it is only expectations whose resulting emotional arousal has not been acted upon during the day that become dreams during sleep;

3.  Dreaming deactivates that emotional arousal by completing the expectation pattern metaphorically, this leaves the brain to respond afresh to each new day.
This is the briefest of introductions to a theory of dreaming that has wide implications for mental health, our understanding of REM sleep and depression.

To find out more:

Visit the website:

Read this article: Dreaming to forget: The real reason why

Read the book: Why We Dream: The Definitive Answer - How dreaming keeps us sane or can drive us mad

Watch the video: A talk by Joe Griffin, the man behind the expectation fulfilment theory:

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Tackling Addiction: NEW online therapy training from Human Givens College

Ever wanted to do psychotherapy training online, at a time and place that suits you? Are you only interested in doing online training that contributes towards a recognised qualification? Or do you want to find out more about an aspect of mental health without having to wade through jargon?

We are excited to have launched Human Givens Online Courses, a whole new platform to experience our ground breaking psychotherapy training.

The first course to be made available online is one of our most popular Human Givens College 1 day events:

Tackling Addiction
Understanding and Treating Addictive Behaviour - with tutor Joe Griffin

The good news about addiction is that with the right knowledge and treatment, many addicts can, and do, recover quite quickly. This new online course explains the key information you need to know to tackle addiction successfully.

Joe Griffin's new science-based insights into what is happening in our brains when we become addicted have proved a major leap forward in not only our understanding of the addictive process but the successful treatment of a wide range of addictions.

As a result, thousands of addicts have already been helped to overcome their particular addiction. As well as exploring these new insights and their relevance to successful treatment, this course gives you an essential overview of a wide variety of addictive behaviours, including what they have in common, why we are all vulnerable to addiction, and what the genuine causes and drivers of addictive behaviours are.

It also explains the most successful ways to rapidly break addictive patterns and how to prevent, or at least minimise, relapses, using psychotherapy informed by these latest neuroscientific findings.

So ‒ whether it's for professional or personal reasons ‒ taking this online course on beating addictions could prove invaluable to you.

Visit our new website and enrol now


For more information on the human givens approach to addiction, read the following landmark article on addiction by Joe Griffin, the tutor on this online course:

Great Expectations - Joe Griffin goes back to basics to arrive at a some powerful new insights into the givens of human nature and addiction. This article is from a 2004 edition of the Human Givens journal and explores many of the essential insights the human givens approach is centered on.