British Psychological Society publishes research showing the effectiveness of HG therapy

In 2011 The British Psychological Society’s leading peer-reviewed journal, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice published a 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice which showed that more than three out of four patients were either symptom-free or reliably changed as a result of HG therapy.

This was accomplished in an average of only 3.6 sessions, significantly better than the recovery rate published for the UK government’s flagship IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme, which uses therapists trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).



The paper’s conclusion supports the massive amount of anecdotal evidence and therapeutic outcome data sets on thousands of patients now gathered by human givens therapists in the UK and Ireland.

Typical of the conclusions in the paper are:

“The HG approach is informed by NICE guidelines and the evidence upon which they are based … the approach is a bona fide treatment that significantly contributes to assisting service users in primary care to move towards recovery.”

“Pre- to post-treatment changes measured with the CORE-OM and CORE-10 suggested that the therapy was highly effective.”

And, “The HG approach is an effective treatment for working with service users presenting with a variety of problems, and particularly anxiety and depression, in primary care settings.”

The official citation for the research is: Andrews, W., Twigg, E., Minami, T. and Johnson, G. (11 February 2011) ‘Piloting a practice research network: A 12-month evaluation of the Human Givens approach in primary care at a general medical practice.’ Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

You can view the abstract and paper at the permanent URL:

Or email Bill Andrews at [email protected] if you would like to receive a copy of the paper.


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