COVID-19 and Human Givens Counselling

Due to the need for physical distancing during this virus outbreak I have now moved my Human Givens Counselling service to online sessions only. This takes place via the secure Zoom Video conferencing platform.

Evidence indicates that on-line sessions can be just as effective as face-to-face and perhaps even easier to attend. I want to support you as best I can, and my priority is your safety and welfare both physically and emotionally.

How it works

Prior to each on-line session I will email a link which you can use to get access. You will need a computer or laptop that is audio and video enabled, and a stable internet connection. There is no requirement for you to register with Zoom or to download any software.

Please ensure that you are in a reasonably quiet and private place where you are unlikely to be disturbed for the duration of the call, which will be between 60 and 90 minutes.

Payments for the sessions can be made by bank transfer or PayPal.

Physical isolation can bring its own challenges, so in these difficult times it is more important than ever to find creative ways of getting basic human needs met. Video communication allows you to access psychological support even when you are unable to travel to face-to face sessions.

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Referral Process for Military Veterans

Referrals for Human Givens Therapy made though the military veterans charity PTSD Resolution are free to the client. This short video explains the referral process.

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Therapy Rooms

South Manchester and East Cheshire Human Givens Therapy takes place in these two comfortable therapy rooms- One of them is at the Bell Surgery in Chorlton, M21 8AU and the other is at Trinity House Practice in Macclesfield, SK10 1BP.

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Human Givens Therapy in Macclesfield

I am pleased to announce that I am now offering Human Givens psychological therapy in Macclesfield, East Cheshire as well as Chorlton, South Manchester.

The additional practice address is:

Trinity House Practice, 150 – 152 Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, SK10 1BP.

Sessions here will be offered on Thursdays. Occasionally other days might be available by special arrangement when the therapy room is available.

Trinity House is a well established multi-disciplinary practice in converted Victorian house. It is conveniently situated on Cumberland Street between Sainsbury’s and the Prestbury Road roundabout.

It is easily accessible from surrounding towns in East Cheshire and North Staffordshire: Congleton, Leek, Buxton, Whalley Bridge, Poynton, Bramhall, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Knutsford, Prestbury and Bollington.

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Two Milestones

It was twenty years ago in 1997 that the psychologist Joe Griffin and the psychotherapist Ivan Tyrrell coined the term “Human Givens” to describe those aspects of human nature that are at the heart of their holistic approach to well-being. Since then literally 10,000s of people worldwide have been helped by the approach.

And it was ten years ago in 2007 that I began to use these principles in my private therapy practice in Chorlton, having in the previous three years undertaken the rigorous training and completed the Human Givens Diploma. The knowledge and experience gained has been invaluable. Combining sound psychological principles with proven therapeutic techniques the Human Givens approach relieves emotional distress quickly and has a well-documented evidence base.

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The Human Givens Institute achieves Mark of Quality

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An exciting announcement for all of us involved in and committed to the Human Givens approach:
The register of the Human Givens Institute (HGI) has been accredited under the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care in the UK, under its Accredited Registers Programme.

Accreditation means that the HGI has met the Authority’s demanding standards in the following areas: governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register, providing information and dealing with complaints. As such, the programme offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services in general and Human Givens therapy in particular.

Accreditation with the PSA was achieved by the Institute following a rigorous process of evidence provision and demonstration of high standards in all of the measured areas.

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Basic Human Needs


In order to feel valuable and fulfilled our basic emotional needs have to be met.

The Human Givens Approach has identified the following needs as being important:

Security – having safe territory and the room to grow

Connection – being emotionally connected to others

Achievement – having a sense of achieving things

Privacy – being able to have some time and space to reflect

Fun – friendship, love, intimacy.

Meaning – finding meaning and purpose from being stretched

Status – having a sense of status and respect within social groups

Control – a sense of autonomy

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Just what we need

Human Givens Psychotherapy is a natural and holistic approach to meeting the human needs that form the basis of emotional wellbeing. The aim of Human Givens therapy is to relieve all kinds of emotional distress and will help you to move on as swiftly as possible.


For all human beings emotional health is dependent upon one thing above all others: the ability to meet basic emotional needs. Every person is born with a set of emotional needs. When these basic needs are not met in balance we can become stressed or unwell.

We get our needs met by making use of our inbuilt resources: the ability to empathise and connect with others, to dream, to learn new skills, to develop rationality, intuition and objectivity.

These ideas about human nature lie at the heart of the Human Givens Approach.

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Do you want to:

Lift your mood ?

Reduce anxiety ?

Resolve trauma ?

Manage anger ?

Get free of unwanted habits ?

Relieve medical conditions ?

Harmonise relationships ?

Why choose 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.

Kevan Owen HG.Dip.P, MHGI, DHypPsych (UK) 

Human Givens Therapist  Mobile: 07717 289373

The Bell Surgery, 453 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AU. Tel: (Surgery) 0161 8812128.

Therapy available in person or via Skype.


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