Psychosynthesis

Aims to bring together a diversity of psychological approaches which are contained within the open-minded perspective of Psychosynthesis. Combining archetypal and Jungian ideas with the spiritual philosophy of Psychosynthesis, as well as drawing on methods and concepts within Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Developmental and Family Systems approaches. This method is indeed pluralistic, where there is an acceptance that several ‘truths’ can co-exist at the same time. Through learning to tolerate disparities and uncertainties within the holding framework of the therapeutic alliance, the client can learn to become less fixed in their ideas and more open to their own deep inner nature and what is calling them on through life.

This requires great flexibility and integrity on the part of the therapist and a willingness to accompany and guide the client through unknown and difficult territory. The emphasis is on the therapeutic relationship being a partnership working together rather than attempting to deliver solutions or advice.

Coherence is provided by allowing different perspectives to complement each other rather than attempting to make everything fit together, and to allow a place for mystery and the unknown, which is the realm of soul.

Psychosynthesis sees the soul as a bridge between the human and the spiritual and encourages the healing of the split between ourselves and our culture – too often we shy away from the shadow side and the limitations of being human, whilst popular culture focuses on the positive and unlimited potential. Yet what brings us into touch with our deep inner selves are often unwanted traumatic events or losses; the unglamorous, the shameful, and the parts of ourselves we have long hidden or ignored. These parts, too, need a voice and a place to be whilst we look for their message or even gifts, movement.

Psychosynthesis values the creative and intuitive side of ourselves and encourages expression through non-verbal channels such as drawing, painting, and enacting as well as the more traditional verbal interaction with the therapist.