Monday, 6 July 2015

FREE Human Givens Webinar - Dreams and depression: Why depressed people always wake up tired

Dreams and depression: Why depressed people always wake up tired
- with tutor Ivan Tyrrell


This free 90 minute webinar will be taking place on Thursday 16th July at 7.30pm BST (UK) - 8.30pm CET (Central European Time) - 2.30PM EST (US).




Depression is fascinating! Published research shows that human givens therapists get most people out of mild to moderate depression three times faster than conventional counselling, psychotherapy and antidepressant treatments used in the NHS.

This webinar reveals WHY – and provides you with practical ideas on how you can learn to lift depression fast too.

If you know someone who is depressed and seeking help you should attend this webinar. You'll have the chance to ask questions about this important topic (up to 1-in-5 people suffer from anxiety and depression in the UK) and will gain essential, groundbreaking information:

  • Why our dreams are often so bizarre – and what this means
  • The important – but little known – insight into the connection between dreaming and depression that is revolutionising treatment and explains why depressed people burn off more energy when they're asleep
  • A straightforward methodology for understanding the meaning of your own dreams – which you can easily test for yourself
  • What your dreams do for you every night – a clear explanation (consistent with the latest neuroscientific findings and sleep research)
  • The requirements of a true, holistic theory of dreaming
  • Why so many counsellors and psychotherapists unwittingly deepen their clients' depression instead of lifting it – sometimes fatally so
  • An understanding of the 'cycle of depression' and what human givens therapists do to break it – and how you can learn to do this too!
  • PLUS the chance to ask Ivan Tyrrell your own questions on depression and dreaming – and the link between the two... 

 If you know someone who is depressed, you should attend this FREE 90-minute webinar.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A Just-So Story: How 'Human Givens' got its name

Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

We recently asked HG co-founder Ivan Tyrrell how ‘Human Givens’ got its name.

This was his reply:

"In 1995 Joe Griffin, Pat Williams, Barry Winbolt and I began teaching weekend courses to introduce psychological interventions that can make psychotherapy and counselling more effective and improve outcomes.

“Initially we called the training ‘Core Skills’ but soon realised that this wasn't attractive to most people working in psychotherapy or mental health because they didn't believe they lacked information or skills. It was frustrating because we knew we could help them enhance their effectiveness. But we had a lot to learn ourselves. For a start we had to sell our concept: we needed to call it something that people could latch on to.

“One day Joe and I met with a small group of Ericksonian hypnotherapists and NLP enthusiasts. They wanted to join us in teaching Core Skills, but from a perspective based on the only models they knew about. Joe tried to explain our ideas about a more holistic approach to wellbeing that drew on scientific findings and well-established knowledge.

 “ 'It can’t be right that there are so many different models of psychotherapy', said Joe. 'You never find hundreds of different models in other fields'. When this didn’t hit home, Joe got more emphatic. 'Look! We know that people need to feel secure, it’s a given, they need attention, that’s a given, they need to be connected to the community, another given, people need intimate relationships, they need meaning in their lives, these are all givens!' But the others round the table didn’t seem to understand what he was getting at – they wanted to stick to promoting Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP techniques and restrict ourselves to that market.

“We knew that no progress would be made unless a bigger organising idea was developed.

 “We left the meeting feeling despondent at how unadventurous their thinking was, fixed as it was in their belief that they already had the answers. And yet Joe’s presentation had fired me up. As we walked the pavements through grey drizzling rain, I suddenly stopped, turned to him and said, ‘Why don’t we call what we are teaching the ‘Human Givens’? No one will have heard of it, and curious people – who are the kind we are looking for – will ask us, “What does human givens mean?” and that will give us an opportunity to explain it.’

“I felt sure that deep inside most people knew they had innate emotional needs and that they were a ‘given’ and the natural starting point for therapy. Joe liked the idea and so ‘the human givens approach’ was born.
The rest, as they say, is history."