Humanistic theory emphasizes the importance of being one’s true and unique self in order to make choices that lead to a fulfilling life. The goal of humanistic therapy is to help the client better understand themselves and develop a strong sense of self acceptance. Through various humanistic techniques, the therapist helps the client overcome criticism and disapproval (by self and others) and work toward personal growth. The focus is on the present and on the “wholeness” of the client. There is less emphasis on treating specific diagnoses.