35 episodes

‘Human Givens’ is a practical, holistic and scientific approach focusing on what individuals need to live mentally healthy and fulfilling lives.

It draws on the latest insights from neuroscience and psychological research, and combines this knowledge with proven therapeutic techniques from a wide range of approaches to provide highly effective interventions.

Its application is broad – encompassing mental and physical healthcare, wellbeing, education, social work, life coaching, the workplace, conflict-resolution and beyond.

Human Givens College has been providing training in the best ways to treat mental health and behavioural problems for over twenty years.

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‘Human Givens’ is a practical, holistic and scientific approach focusing on what individuals need to live mentally healthy and fulfilling lives.

It draws on the latest insights from neuroscience and psychological research, and combines this knowledge with proven therapeutic techniques from a wide range of approaches to provide highly effective interventions.

Its application is broad – encompassing mental and physical healthcare, wellbeing, education, social work, life coaching, the workplace, conflict-resolution and beyond.

Human Givens College has been providing training in the best ways to treat mental health and behavioural problems for over twenty years.

    Episode 29: Supporting people through fertility treatment with Sarah Denning

    Episode 29: Supporting people through fertility treatment with Sarah Denning

    Hello and welcome to another HG podcast. I’m Jo Baker and I’m part of the HG team. Today I’m going to be talking to our expert Sarah Denning about supporting people through fertility treatment.

    Sarah qualified as a midwife in 2001 and as a birth trauma therapist in 2018 and has worked both within the NHS and in private practice for the last 20 years.

    More recently Sarah’s career has taken her into fertility nursing in an IVF clinic.

    Fertility problems can be the most distressing experiences for anyone who wants a child. It is a shock, completely changing people’s perception of themselves and their imagined future selves as parents. Patients can struggle with their emotions, a sense of loss as well as intense anxiety about treatment.

    Recognising the need for additional support Sarah set up an emotional wellbeing clinic to complement the counselling service, providing patients with much-needed support and guidance.

    "I was really happy with the support I received from the counsellor and found the type of treatment was different to anything I had tried before. I felt like my counsellor understood my situation and was able to provide the best type of support for my needs. I had a much better experience than previous GP referrals to counselling. I really appreciate that there is counselling available specifically for people going through IVF. It would have made a big difference to me if that kind of specialised support had been offered by the hospital/midwife."

    Resources:
    Sarah Denning`s Therapist profile - https://www.hgi.org.uk/find-therapist/therapist/sarah-denning
    British Infertility Counselling Association - https://www.bica.net
    Donor Conception Network - https://www.dcnetwork.org
    Fertility UK - https://www.fertilityuk.org
    HGI Register - https://www.hgi.org.uk/therapist-register/register-qualified-human-givens-therapists
    7/11 Breathing - https://www.hgi.org.uk/resources/delve-our-extensive-library/resources-and-techniques/7-11-breathing-how-does-deep

    • 37 min
    Episode 28: Menopause and facing the challenge of that change with Kim Thomas

    Episode 28: Menopause and facing the challenge of that change with Kim Thomas

    Recently, Menopause is a topic which has been highlighted in the news - all women will experience it to some level, at some stage in their life and even though menopause is a natural part of ageing - it can be a very distressing process to come to terms with. For some, the Symptoms and treatment methods are not understood - with many women experiencing unknown perimenopause symptoms for years.

    Psychotherapist specialising in helping and supporting her clients manage their menopause - Kim Thomas, joins us to share her knowledge and key insights with you about this very important topic...

    Kim is a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and a trained Human Givens and Person Centred psychotherapist. Over the years Kim has helped hundreds of individuals move forwards in life. Kim Supports her clients to let go of any old beliefs they may be holding onto.

    Topics covered:
    - What menopause is including perimenopause - understanding is key.
    - How menopause effects women emotionally and physically - and their relationships with partners and loved ones.
    - How to cope with menopause?
    - Diagnosing menopause - am I going through the menopause or experiencing something else?
    - Menopause symptoms and treatment methods
    - How to regain our sense of control
    - How the human givens approach can help
    - What lifestyle changes can help
    - How to approach someone who is suffering the effects of Menopause
    - How can a therapist help - and when to seek help from a therapist

    Resources:
    Human Givens Approach - https://www.humangivens.com/human-givens/about/
    Find a human givens therapist - https://www.hgi.org.uk/find-therapist
    7/11 breathing - https://www.hgi.org.uk/resources/delve-our-extensive-library/resources-and-techniques/7-11-breathing-how-does-deep

    • 46 min
    Episode 27: Why suicide among Veterinarians is a growing problem with Ciaran McAuley

    Episode 27: Why suicide among Veterinarians is a growing problem with Ciaran McAuley

    Veterinarian Ciaran McAuley joins us to discuss this very important topic - why suicide among Veterinarians is a growing problem...

    Suicide and non-fatal suicidal behaviour are major public health problems across the world: approximately 1 million people worldwide die by suicide each year. The rate of suicide in the veterinary profession has been pegged as close to twice that of the dental profession, more than twice that of the medical profession, and 4 times the rate in the general population.

    There are a number of factors contributing to the high level of mental health issues among people working in the veterinary sector. Several relate to the demands of the job itself, the long, often antisocial working hours, heavy workloads, poor work-life balance, sometimes difficult client relations and often feeling isolated, which we know are associated with higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide. The training itself is also incredibly demanding and requires a very high level of academic achievement yet isn’t designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to stay well when working under challenging conditions.


    Topics covered:

    • What it’s like to be a Veterinarian
    • Why there is an increasing risk of suicide amongst Veterinarian's
    • The psychological distress will Veterinarians face
    • How many veterinarians take their own lives in the UK - what can be done about this growing problem
    • How the human givens approach could help


    Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy - explore our helpful links and resources below...

    • Find a human givens therapist - https://www.hgi.org.uk/?q=find-therapist
    • Discover more about the Human Givens Approach - www.humangivens.com/human-givens/about/
    • How to Reduce Suicide Risk Live Training Day - https://www.humangivens.com/college/how-to-manage-suicide-risk-live-online-training/
    • Suicide Prevention Awareness - https://www.humangivens.com/2021/09/02/world-suicide-prevention-day/
    • Human Givens Training - www.humangivens.com/college/


    If you have been affected by issues discussed in this episode the following organisations can provide support information:

    • Mind Matters - https://www.vetmindmatters.org
    • Vetlife - https://www.vetlife.org.uk
    • Vet Support NI - https://www.vetni.co.uk
    • Veterinary Voices UK (Facebook closed discussion group) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/veterinaryvoicesuk

    • 21 min
    Episode 26: Eating Disorders - helping people take back control with Russell McKenzie

    Episode 26: Eating Disorders - helping people take back control with Russell McKenzie

    Russell McKenzie is a Human Givens therapist and has been working in a thriving private practice for the last five years. Russell is committed to helping people take back control of their lives by removing barriers and giving them the tools to be able to manage their mental health better.Throughout his therapeutic career, Russell has helped many suffering with eating disorders, more specifically bulimia and binge eating.

    Topics covered - 
    Why people develop eating disorders
    Eating disorder addiction 
    What is bulimia and binge eating 
    How eating disorders impact someone's life and their loved ones, family and employment
    The recovery process - what can you do to help 
    Break the cycle of the addictive behaviour 
    Signs of bulimia and binge eating
    Bodybuilders and binge eating
    How to approach the subject - what not to say 
    Therapeutic skills and the human givens approach 
    Plus success stories and case histories

    Russell McKenzie therapist profile - https://www.hgi.org.uk/find-therapist/therapist/russell-mckenzie 
    An article by Russell McKenzie for the Human Givens Journal - https://www.humangivens.com/2021/12/17/under-nourished-the-key-to-working-with-restrictive-eating/
    Eating Disorder Awareness - https://www.humangivens.com/2021/02/22/eating-disorder-awareness/
    The Human Givens Approach - https://www.humangivens.com/human-givens/about/
    Human Givens College - https://www.humangivens.com/college/

    • 51 min
    Episode 25: Adopting a holistic approach for business success with Lisa LLoyd

    Episode 25: Adopting a holistic approach for business success with Lisa LLoyd

    When we get people right, we get business right...

    During this podcast, Lisa LLoyd explains how the holistic human givens approach has fueled her desire to help employers build a successful proactive workplace environment that fosters wellbeing, collaboration and engagement.

    Lisa is a psychologist & Human Givens psychotherapist. She founded It’s Time for Change 10 years ago based on the belief that if we all started to do things a little bit differently, we’d achieve huge results.

    It’s Time for Change is dedicated to working collaboratively with business leaders, using psychological principles and evidence-based practices to create workplace cultures where employees excel, where teams are dynamic and where people are happy.

    "People want to work somewhere where they connect with people, they like people, where they feel part of a community..."

    Questions covered during the podcast include:
    - All businesses have a duty of care to their employees - many give their staff access to a wellbeing hub of some sort - but is this enough?
    - Employees seem to be the focus on ‘it’s time to change’ - however, many businesses will be focusing on making money - should businesses be adapting their focus?
    - How do the Human Givens principles inform workplace culture?
    - How is mental health and wellbeing an integral part of employee experience?
    - Please could you share an example of how a business has thrived after adopting the Human Givens principles?
    - If a business owner is listening to this and would like to adopt a holistic approach into their business - how could they start this process?

    This is just one example of the extraordinary work a HG therapist is doing, for more information please visit - https://www.humangivens.com/college/success-stories/

    Or visit It’s Time for Change here - https://itstimeforchange.co.uk/lisa-lloyd

    Please like, share, comment and subscribe.

    Thank you

    • 43 min
    Episode 24: How too little REM sleep can contribute to suicidal thoughts, self-harm and anxiety.

    Episode 24: How too little REM sleep can contribute to suicidal thoughts, self-harm and anxiety.

    Hello and welcome to another HG podcast. I’m Jo Baker and I’m part of the HG team. Today I’m going to be talking to our expert Ezra Hewing about How too little REM sleep can contribute to suicidal thoughts, self-harm and anxiety.

    Ezra is a Human Givens practitioner and head of mental health education at Suffolk Mind. Over a number of years, he has trained frontline mental health workers, doctors, nurses, substance abuse workers, members of the emergency services and heads of organisations, amongst others, in how best to understand and help people handle diverse mental health concerns. He holds an MSc in the psychology and neuroscience of mental health from the internationally renowned Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, through which he carried out research resulting in an explanatory model for the causes of the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

    Ezra`s article in the Human Givens Journal - https://www.humangivens.com/publications/volume-28-no-2-2021/
    Free online course - Why do we dream? -https://www.humangivens.com/college/why-do-we-dream/
    Free online course -Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity - https://www.humangivens.com/college/dreaming-daydreaming-and-creativity/
    Suffolk Mind - https://www.suffolkmind.org.uk/

    • 45 min

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