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 Psychosynthesis Counselling & Psychotherapy

Psychosynthesis is a psychospiritual framework designed to create meaningful and lasting transformation in your life. It helps you understand yourself on a deeper level, tap into your creative resources and relate to your issues differently. Your issues may no longer be something to get rid of, but to consciously cooperate with, so as to harness the gold waiting to be mined underneath. My clients experience a renewed sense of well-being, empowering self-responsibility and greater resilience in the face of adversity. Inner trust and security gradually develop, as they begin to listen to their quiet, intuitive inner voice. Stepping into one's existential responsibility then becomes a joyful, sacred and profoundly liberating act.

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   Here are some of the benefits of Psychosynthesis

  • it helps you understand yourself on a deeper level so that you can make healthy and sustainable choices 

  • it helps you work through difficult feelings safely so that you can feel free, happy and at peace

  • it helps you identify and take steps to shift self-sabotaging behaviours so that you can look after yourself & your life commitments lovingly and mindfully​

  • it helps you consolidate a sense of inner stability, resourcefulness and resilience in the face of life's adversities so you can feel empowered and capable of overcoming obstacles with ease and grace

  • it helps you make meaning of complex and confusing issues so that you can navigate through them with a sense of simplicity and mastery

  • it helps you find your YES and your NO so that you eliminate distractions and stay focused on the things that matter the most

  • it helps you make use of your imaginative and creative powers so that you can feel alive and spontaneous in your self-expression

  • it helps you reconnect to a sense of direction and purpose in your life so that you can feel energized and fulfilled​

Did you know? 

Dr Roberto Assagioli, who officially founded Psychosynthesis in the 1960s, was an eminent student of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, and contemporary with Carl Jung, the father of analytical psychology. Not many people know about his work, but in recent decades it has massively grown in popularity worldwide.

Assagioli diverged from psychoanalysis as he was dissatisfied with its limitations. He disagreed with the deterministic view that human behaviour results solely from unconscious forces and unresolved conflicts. That view excluded the possibility of free will and creativity. His interest in yoga and meditation and his background in theosophy helped him integrate spiritual teachings on the nature of the Self as a spiritual essence into modern psychology. When asked about the difference between psychoanalysis and psychosynthesis, he replied:

 

"We pay far more attention to the higher unconscious and to the development of the transpersonal self. In one of his letters, Freud said, "I am interested only in the basement of the human being." Psychosynthesis is interested in the whole building. We try to build an elevator which will allow a person access to every level of his personality. After all, a building with only a basement is very limited. We want to open up the terrace where you can sunbathe or look at the stars. Our concern is the synthesis of all areas of the personality. That means psychosynthesis is holistic, global and inclusive. It is not against psychoanalysis or even behaviour modification but it insists that the needs for meaning, for higher values, for spiritual life, are as real as biological or social needs."

 

Read the full interview published in the December 1974 issue of Psychology Today here.

Here are some other useful links to various descriptions of psychosynthesis:

1. Good Therapy - Psychosynthesis

2. Institute of Psychosynthesis - What is Psychosynthesis?

3. Psychosynthesis Trust - About Psychosynthesis

And here is a version of Assagioli's Body-Feelings-Mind guided meditation that I often hold with clients at the beginning of sessions. You can take 10 minutes to lay back and listen to this calming, centering meditation: Body, feelings and mind in Psychosynthesis

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