In the one-to-one counselling sessions I will offer you an empathic and non-judgmental space where you can talk openly about your current situation. Together, we will explore and reflect on your challenges, feelings and thoughts which will enable you to better understand your difficulties. From this increased self-awareness and insight you can then gain a new perspective, where new ways of dealing with your problem and alternative choices can open up for you. Through my guidance and support you can then make the necessary life changes that will enable you to lead a more fulfilling and rewarding life.
My core training is in Psychosynthesis Counselling. Psychosynthesis is an approach of personal growth and development that was developed by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974). It draws upon principles and practices from Eastern philosophies as well as from Western spiritual traditions, philosophy and psychology with the aim of supporting Self-actualisation and Self -realisation. It does this through the bringing together of the whole person; the emotional, the mental, the physical and the spiritual.
Like a seed or an acorn that grows into a plant or an oak tree, we too have the blueprint within us to transform and develop into our full potential. To fully express our individuality in order to make our own positive and unique contribution to the world.
However, through childhood conditioning and what our parents, teachers, peers and society expects of us, we lose touch with our ability to express our authentic, natural and spontaneous selves. Often we consciously and/or unconsciously feel we have to hide parts of ourselves in order to be liked, loved and accepted, which stops us from expressing our true nature, meaning that we are no longer spontaneous and free-flowing. Not being in touch with who we truly are creates feelings of emptiness, separation and pain.
Within nature, however, there is an innate, underlying guiding force that seeks balance and harmony, which is constantly trying to move us back towards a greater state of health and wholeness. In Psychosynthesis, pain is therefore seen as an unconscious ‘signal’ indicating the presence of the qualities that we have hidden trying to emerge. This is so that they can be re-integrated which will in turn bring us back into balance.
Psychosynthesis therefore sees life as a journey of the soul in which challenges and pain can become opportunities for growth and transformation.
As a Psychosynthesis therapist I act as a guide, helping you to connect with your own innate wisdom and inner drive towards wholeness enabling you to re-connect with your authentic Self and realize your full potential.
‘Deep within human beings is an innate drive to embrace and actualise the whole of who they are’ (Firman & Gila, 2010:1).*
* Firman, J. & Gila, A. (2010) A Psychotherapy of love. Psychosynthesis in practice. New York: State University of New York Press.