Just What We Need

A programme for meeting emotional needs


It is becoming clear that many emotional difficulties that people experience in life stem from a lack of knowledge about innate emotional needs. When people do not have this understanding about themselves they cannot ensure that these needs are met in their own lives, and often in the lives of others with whom they live and work.  They cannot then provide an emotional healthy environment in which they and others can flourish.

The 'Just What We Need' programme, using the human givens approach, is successfully meeting this need.  It gives participants genuine insight into innate emotional needs and how these are connected to mental wellbeing, positive behaviour and the healthy development of themselves and others, through the recognition that we all basically have the same needs.

Based on sound human givens principles, and using fun and creative activities, this 12-session programme has revealed a hunger for practical psychological knowledge among participants and demonstrated how their awareness, self-esteem and confidence develops significantly through their involvement.

Just What We Need has included participants from all sections of society. Common themes have been anxiety, depression and social isolation.

Participants in 'Just What We Need' programmes have described  the experience as life transforming and "better than counselling".

As we all find it hard to think clearly or to take on board new information when we are highly emotionally aroused (anxious, depressed, angry etc.), participants are encouraged to participate in simple relaxation exercises, which they can use at home, which highlights the effects of high emotion on our thinking.

Remarkably, most people who start this programme also finish it.  On average 75% complete the programme.  Many participants find that 'Just What We Need'  really is what they need to build their confidence and recognise their own capacity to be a healthier human being.

Others have found that it proved to be the perfect springboard, enabling them to go on to successfully complete courses which have helped them move on in their lives and experience a greater sense of achievement.

The programme is run by fully-qualified human givens psychotherapists who have a thorough understanding of the emotional distress many people experience and are also able to help immediately with therapeutic intervention should it become necessary. They are supported by a co-facilitator with Human Givens knowledge. 

In March 2011, Sue Saunders completed her MA research comparing the effectiveness of the Just What we Need programme for parents in comparison to another programme used in Dublin - Parent Plus.  We are very grateful to Sue for sharing her research with us and with visitors to this website.  Below is Sue’s abstract to her thesis.  We hope it whets your appetite sufficiently to entice you to download the document and to explore the results.  To download a copy of Sues research please click on the document image to the left.


There is no formal training or qualifications for the role of parenting. This combined with the fact that some individuals become parents before they have reached emotional maturity, can result in poor quality parenting.  The quality of a child’s parenting can be shown to be a contributing factor in the development of the child’s cognitive skills and subsequent mental health. This research sets out to compare the effectiveness of two parenting courses (Parent Plus and JWWN), based on differing psychotherapeutic approaches, in meeting criteria identified for effective parent education courses.   These criteria were: a) increased empathy  b) increased ability to manage stress c) support and acceptance received and     d) increased confidence in own abilities. The research design included quantitative data in the form of questionnaires and qualitative data through the use of individual interviews. The conclusion suggests that there is a significant difference in these courses in meeting these criteria.

Example of welcoming parents into a new group.

Picture by Ka Yee Fung Jan 2011.

Click here to read the article which originally appeared in the Human Givens Journal, Vol 15 No.2 .

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