My Approach - Psychosynthesis
Your thoughts and feelings may be uncomfortable to face and to speak about and you may be looking for someone you can talk to about your situation. Being with clients, my primary intention is to create a safe, trusting relationship, where you feel heard with respect and without judgement.
Psychosynthesis, is an holistic therapy which includes the present (your current situation which brought you to therapy), the past (which influences you now in the present), and the future (your potential for growth and self-realisation). Difficulties and obstacles are looked at with compassion and are regarded as emerging signposts for growth. For instance, my belief may be that I can’t express myself honestly and without fear, but that belief may need to be questioned and challenged. By being able to free ourselves from the confines and belief patterns of the past we can choose a new response and make positive changes in our lives.
Roberto Assagioli, founder of Psychosynthesis, believed that our human-ness is a combination of body, mind, feelings and spirit, and it is the balance and integration of these aspects that allows us to be in harmony internally and ultimately brings compassion to our lives.
For instance, if we are conditioned by our emotions, then body, mind and spirit are packed in together without space to take part; if our logic and rationale dominate our decisions, we are similarly out of balance. We need all of these aspects acting together as an orchestra with a conductor, the self, so that we consciously recognise and include our different parts or sub-personalities.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the words for, or significance of an emotional experience. To explore our reactions, we may go beyond the ‘talking’ and discover and make conscious for instance, images, drawings, dreams, or how the body feels and reacts. For example, visualising ourselves in a landscape and to observe the significance of who or what we see around us, or inviting our body to express an emotion, can give meaning and insights not possible through words, and can lead towards self-awareness and growth.
Within my core approach of Psychosynthesis I integrate models and theories of Person-Centred, Gestalt, Psycho-Dynamic, Solution-Focussed Therapy, and Non-Violent Communication.
“Though we seem to be sleeping there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are” - Rumi