Co-founders: Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell



Joe Griffin

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

Joe Griffin, who lives in Ireland, is a research psychologist with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics. He has had many years' experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists and is hugely influential in the world of psychotherapy.

He is Director of Studies and a lead tutor for Human Givens College, which is the only specialist human givens psychology College in the UK, running a variety of training courses in the UK and Ireland, and a post-graduate Human Givens Diploma in psychotherapy and counselling. Over the last decade thousands of health professionals have enjoyed Griffin's practical workshops and seminars on effective psychotherapy for treating anxiety related disorders, depression, anger, trauma, addiction and much more.

Griffin works at the leading edge of skills-based therapy research and practice and is co-developer, with Ivan Tyrrell, of the human givens approach to psychology and behaviour. Originally developed from studying the effectiveness or otherwise of psychological interventions used by psychotherapists and counsellors, the approach is proving of tremendous practical benefit and as a result is now used by a wide range of caring and health professionals, as well as in education, social work, business and even diplomacy.

Griffin is widely recognised as one of the most entertaining speakers on human behaviour and psychology and has been a consultant psychologist and contributor for two major TV series on anger (BBC's All the Rage and LWT's Red Mist II). He also regularly appears on the radio, both in Ireland and the UK (including BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind), and has been interviewed for numerous publications, including the New Scientist, Financial Times and the Washington Times.

He is co-author, with Ivan Tyrrell, of numerous books and publications, and sits on the Editorial Board of the Human Givens Journal.


Joe Griffin also sees clients at his psychotherapy practice in Ireland, for more information, please email him.


Publlications include:


Human Givens: The new approach to emotional health and clear thinking


Why we dream: The definitive answer (the result of 12 years' research by Griffin, providing tehe first complete explanation of the origin, function and meaning of dreams)


How to lift


Freedom from Addiction: The secret behind successful addiction busting


How to Master Anxiety


For a variery CDs, also see:


You can also read articles and interviews by Joe Griffin, by viewing The HGI archive.





Ivan TyrrellIvan 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 Principal of Human GivensCollege, 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.


Ivan is also co-author with Joe Griffin of numerous, influential titles (see above) and five ground-breaking monographs on psychology and counselling including The APET model: patterns in the brain, which brings cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and SFBT approaches into line with new scientific discoveries about how the brain works, and The Shackled Brain: how to release locked-in patterns of trauma and Hypnosis and Trance States which gave the first psychobiological explanation for hypnosis.


Other titles include: The Survival Option, published by Jonathan Cape and Back from the Brink: Coping with stress, published by Virgin Books, which he co-wrote with Nick Leeson.




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