Welcome to the Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain

Image of two hands touchingAHPb is an organisation for anyone who shares humanistic values and wants to make a difference – counsellors and psychotherapists, educators, health professionals, community and social workers, psychologists, sociologists and academics. The AHPb was founded by a broad band of people from many disciplines in and beyond psychology and therapy, including history, poetry, philosophy, anthropology and spirituality.
Humanistic Psychology is a psychological perspective which rose to prominence in the mid-20th century partly as a response to the limitations of Sigmund Freud’ psychoanalytic theory and B. F. Skinner’ behaviorism. Considered a ‘third force’, this approach emphasized individuals’ inherent drive towards self-actualization, the process of realizing and expressing one’s own capabilities and creativity. It moved away from a medical model to a democratic and holistic one, based on fostering communication, creativity, and personal development throughout life for everyone.
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AHPb is pleased to announce our first events after the Covid lockdown

Summer Gathering Weekend CampThe Summer Gathering Weekend Camp. The theme of the camp will be re-connecting and re-vitalising. The camp will be a space to connect, drop down, celebrating being alive, and being together. We will huddle together, speak from our hearts, cry to the winds, laugh, shout, dance, sing; being together as simply as we can, as real as we can.  We will give some time to explore what is AHPb and who is AHPb right now, in Britain, on a body, heart and soul, roots and wings dimension – personally in each of us. How does Humanistic Psychology inspire and inform each of us in the day to day living of our lives. To consider how might we grow into an alive grass roots network for change and development at this point in human evolution.  Read more and for booking details…

Details of past events are available on the ‘Past Events‘ page, and include a series of Humanistic Cafe events in 2019, conferences in 2018 and 2017, and a series of evening workshops in 2015.

Gathering in Norwich
Wednesday 13th July 2022, 7:30 – 9:30pm
20 Unthank Road, Norwich, NR3 4DE
We are reaching out to all AHPb members who live within travelling distance of Norwich and hope you can make it. If this speaks to you, do contact us and come along to the evening. If you can’t make it to this event and would like to be involved with another please let us know as we are open to meeting again on another date. Read more…

Autumn Humanistic Gathering Day
Saturday 29th October 2022, at The Open Centre, Old Street, London – just £15.
This will include an AGM. Further details and booking information will be available nearer the time. Read more…


Self & Society is our international journal for Humanistic Psychology. It is currently published four times a year as part of the membership package offered by AHPb – two paper issues and two online issues.

Celebrating 50 Years of Self & Society

The cover of Self&SOciety

The year 2022 is the fiftieth year of publication of the premier Humanistic Psychology journal in the United Kingdom, Self & Society – which has just been re-named Self & Society: An International Journal for Humanistic, Existential and Transpersonal Psychology. The new issue of the journal is a special commemorative double issue (Volume 50 [1-2]) of over 140 pages in length. Read more…


The cover for the Autumn 2021 Self & SocietyThe Self & Society Journal is currently published twice a year. It contains a range of articles at the self–society interface, including (but not exclusively) articles relevant to practising therapists and human potential workers; it also contains book reviews, review articles and poetry, as well as regular columns. Read more…

Image of the online journalThe Self & Society Online Magazine is emailed to members twice a year and is also available for viewing on this website. The issues are all available in the online archive. Approximately one third of the articles in each issue are freely available for viewing, the rest can only be viewed by members of AHPb.

Current and Recent Articles

Spiritual Awakening Experiences –
Christian Stokke & Mira Cataya Rodriguez

This article studies the phenomenon of spiritual awakening experiences from the perspective of transpersonal psychology. We examine four individual cases, obtained through qualitative in-depth interviews with individuals who have experienced phenomena of peak experiences, kundalini awakening, heart opening, and dark nights.
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David Lambert, with Senan Clifford – Environmental Activism: In Defence of ‘Criminal Damage’

On 12 April 2021 my six co-defendants and I appeared at Southwark Crown Court on two charges of criminal damage and having an article with intent to cause criminal damage. Two years before, almost to the day, we had carried out an action at the Shell building near Waterloo as part of Extinction Rebellion’s London protests which started on 15 April 2019.
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Paul’s Political Column

Of course I understand that constantly looking
at life through a political lens is not most
people’s cup of tea. Not everyone either
wants, or can bear, to wake up each morning
and take in the latest government
machinations around the Covid pandemic.
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The Coronavirus Pandemic, the Trump Presidency, and Humanistic Psychology
© Elliot Benjamin, Ph.D.

The harrowing consequences of the United States presidency of Donald Trump are now being acknowledged and conveyed in professional Humanistic Psychology circles.
In the present article I will amplify my perspective on how Humanistic Psychology can be beneficial in dealing with the dire consequences of Trump and the coronavirus pandemic…
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Previous featured articles are available in the article archive.


Cover of the Imagework book‘ImageWork: The complete guide to working with transformational imagery’ is a practical, concise and accessible training book for therapists, counsellors, coaches, consultants, supervisors and helping professionals, focusing on best to work with the imagination to enhance learning, health, creativity, or spiritual discovery. Published on April 7, 2022, and available to order from Amazon or PCCS. For further details please see www.dinaglouberman.com.

The Self & Society Online Archive

The cover of an issue of Self & SocietyAll the printed editions of Self & Society, from 1973 to date (excepting volume 18), are available to members in the online archive. In order to view the articles, you need to be a member of AHPb and log in to the website. This represents by far the richest online resource for Humanistic Psychology in the UK – and is perhaps the world’s most affordable HP resource.

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