Humanistic Therapy

At the heart of Humanistic Therapy is a belief that each human being has their own subjective view of the world, which impacts their behaviors and reactions in everyday life challenges. It is a positive psychology based therapy focusing on an individual’s positive strengths and characteristics and using them to heal themselves.

Humanistic Therapy is a client-centered strategy where the therapist provides the role of a supportive structure while the client is encouraged to take control of their own life and choices. Counseling provides a safe space where patients can share the challenges they are facing as well as their motivations for change.

Techniques used in Humanistic Therapy

While there are a wide range of techniques that are used as part of humanistic therapy, here are a few foundational ones that support the core beliefs of a humanistic approach.

Because this is a client-centered therapy, the counselor often plays the role of a reflective listener, repeating what the client shares in their own words.
Empathetic understanding from the perspective of the therapist allows the individual to feel seen, heard and understood
By focusing on an individual’s strengths instead of weaknesses, humanistic therapy helps in improving what is good in their life
Viewing a set of events, behaviors, or reactions as simply facts, without judgment, allows an individual to reduce emotional reactivity

Humanistic Therapy in Addiction Recovery

For individuals seeking to establish a strong sense of self worth and independence, Humanistic Therapy helps them to find their sense of purpose in overcoming addiction.

At California Prime we insist on treating each client as a unique individual and we understand that those with addiction challenges and mental health issues deserve just as much respect and positive regard as any other human being. We help our patients view themselves with the same kind of self regard and self-acceptance.

While many traditional therapies focus on a specific diagnosis and treatment, humanistic therapy is a holistic approach that focuses on an individual’s cognitive, behavioral and emotional aspects from a positive perspective.

What is Humanistic Therapy used to treat

Rather than looking at humanistic therapy as a treatment for mental health disorders, it is more realistic to view it as an approach to support an individual’s sense of purpose and overall well being.

Humanistic Therapy is used in combination with other techniques to treat:

California Prime offers individualized treatment plans for each of our clients that include many areas of treatment, and integrates them into a comprehensive plan to help them heal and recover from addiction and other related issues. If you think our approach may benefit you call us today to discuss what we can do for you: 866-415-6313

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.