Psychosynthesisis brings a transpersonal and integrative approach to psychotherapy. Drawing on many influences from psychodynamic, gestalt, existential, relational and person-centred therapies, psychosynthesis offers a diverse, rich and imaginative psycho-therapeutic process.
Psychosynthesis is concerned with the ways in which we find greater integration through meaningful connections and affirmation of our own belonging. As practitioners we don't shy away from existential questions such as "what am I here for?" or "what does it all mean". While we cannot expect definitive answers, consideration of these important questions can lead us to discover far richer and fulfilling ways of 'being'. Finding the courage to face a personal crisis can create an unforeseen opportunity for awakening and set us on the path toward a more creative, compassionate and purposeful life.
Psychosynthesis was developed by Roberto Assagioli, a contemporary of Jung and Maslow, as a psychology that seeks to address the heights, as well as the depths, of human existence. Assagioli believed that while our childhood experiences affect who we life in the present, we also have within us vast human potential for healing and change. When we repress this higher potential for wholeness, it can lead to debilitating symptoms, loss of meaning and psychological dis-ease which may add to, and be equal to, the distress arising out of childhood trauma.
Having studied both Eastern and Western traditions, philosophy and mysticism, Assagioli synthesised these wisdoms to create a path to personal evolution and an inclusive approach to psychotherapy.