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  1. Introduction
  2. Brain and context
  3. Other theories
  4. Examples
  5. Chaotic emotions
  6. Left and right
  7. The observing self
  8. Organising idea
  9. References

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Joe Griffin

B.SC.Hons (Psych), M.PHIL. (Psych), FHGI

Joe Griffin is a psychologist with many years’ experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists – over the last decade thousands of health professionals have enjoyed his practical workshops and seminars on effective psychotherapy for treating anxiety related disorders, depression, trauma and addiction. He works at the leading edge of skills-based therapy research and practice and is co-developer of the human givens approach to psychology and behaviour which is proving of tremendous practical benefit to the caring professions. He is widely recognised as one of the most informed and entertaining speakers on human behaviour and is also co-author, with Ivan Tyrrell, of numerous books and publications.

Ivan Tyrrell

Ivan Tyrrell worked for many years as a psychotherapist (specialising in brief therapy for depression and anxiety) and now spends most of his time lecturing and writing. As a Director of Human Givens College, editorial director of the Human Givens journal, Director of the European Therapy Studies Institute and the Human Givens Institute, his influence in (and knowledge of) the field of psychotherapy and counselling is considerable.

In 1992 he and a group of psychologists and psychotherapists established the European Therapy Studies Institute (ETSI), whose aim was to discover why some psychotherapy approaches appeared to work and others didn't. ETSI quickly gained several hundred members from a wide variety of professions whose support enabled them to publish a journal, The Therapist, the forerunner of the Human Givens journal.

The human givens approach to psychotherapy and psychology developed out of the work and research of this group (read more) as they endeavoured to bring greater clarity to the way people who become depressed, anxious, traumatised or addicted are helped, as well as making such help more reliably effective.