Psychosynthesis is a therapeutic approach that derives from psychoanalysis. It was developed in the early 20th century by Italian psychiatrist, Roberto Assagioli, who unlike Freud believed in a more inclusive concept of humanity – one that integrated spiritual as well psychological elements. Psychosynthesis explores and supports the ways in which people harmonise various aspects of their personal self in order to grow and develop.
A key assumption of psychosynthesis is that every human being has a vast potential for personal growth – a natural tendency to synthesise all aspects of their being to become the fullest realisation of themselves. Psychosynthesis is a conscious attempt to cooperate with this natural process of personal development in order to foster awareness, self-healing, and a greater connection to the ever-changing nature of human life.
The therapeutic framework of psychosynthesis can help a wide range of individuals to overcome life challenges. Therapists in psychosynthesis counselling work to establish a specific relationship with their clients and will draw on a range of diverse techniques to guide them through the process of self-actualisation and self-realisation. This forms an important part of therapy as it helps clients to discover a higher, spiritual level of consciousness that will facilitate positive changes and personal growth.
What to Expect
What to Expect
Driving this process forward is a diverse range of techniques drawn from other therapeutic approaches. These are tailored to a client’s individual needs, existential situation, psychological type, desired future goals and path of development. Therapists will also ensure the techniques used will address the client as a whole – helping them to identify, understand, and accept each layer of their inner selves, as one-by-one they are revealed.
Within the psychosynthesis framework, methods most commonly used will include:
active dialogue and analysis