Psychosynthesis is grounded in traditional psychology and recognises that at some point we all suffer and that through that suffering we can grow into deeper, wiser people. Making meaning of suffering can then enable a freer and richer self expression.

This psychological approach focuses on understanding who you are most essentially and when connected with that, how would you choose to express that in your work and in your relationships. It is a developmental approach which can help guide you towards understanding personal motivation and purpose.

Psychosynthesis was developed by Italian psychiatrist, Roberto Assagioli (1889-1976). His doctoral thesis was a critique of Freud's psychoanalysis, and the latter held him in high regard, hoping that Assagioli would promote psychoanalysis in Italy. Instead Assagioli developed and practiced Psychosynthesis, believing that, valuable as Freud's work was, it focused more on neuroses and the causes of dysfunction, at the expense of accounting for what constituted a healthily functioning human being.

Assagioli recognised the psychological lower unconscious where we hold our defences, memories and fears along with other feelings that we do not want to or are not ready to recognise. In agreement with Jung however Assagioli went on to develop his own model of consciousness and maintained that just as there is a lower unconscious, there is also a superconscious or higher unconscious. He describes this higher unconscious as the realm of the psyche which contains our deepest potential, our capacity to love and the blueprint of our own pathway towards expression of who we really are. Psychosynthesis psychotherapy and counselling facilitates the unfolding of this expression and in this respect is a solution focused approach. Working within this context helps the individual to free themselves from unconscious defences and adaptive patterns of behaving that are no longer helpful. This process frees up the will and in so doing allows the individual to reconnect to their innate values and purpose in the world.

Psychosynthesis psychotherapists are actively involved in the therapeutic relationship and adopt what is known as ‘bi-focal vision’ – a way of seeing the client as essentially much more than his or her problems" (Hardy and Whitmore 2000 p.226).

Is it not written in the Psalms that God preserves all your tears?
So perhaps non of your sufferings were in vain.
Viktor E. Frankl

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