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About: psychosynthesis


Psychosynthesis was developed by Italy's pioneering psychiatrist, Roberto Assagioli. Like his lifelong friend, Carl Jung, Assagioli soon moved beyond the thinking of his earliest teacher, Sigmund Freud. 


Assagioli believed psychosynthesis to be a process which occurs naturally, unless somehow interrupted. Thus, a Psychosynthesis therapist - or "guide" - helps recognise a person's natural, unique path, and works with them to better navigate and even learn from the pitfalls and blockages encountered.

Consequently, the Psychosynthesis approach understands that each of us is the expert on our own aliveness, with great capacity to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our situation or context. 


Each person's psychosynthesis is unique, and working with a guide may involve various approaches to assist in our meaning-making. This might involve keeping a journal of experiences or dreams, or taking moments of deep and imaginative reflection and noticing your felt-response or qualitative experience. You might be invited to make a drawing or scribble, or to imagine yourself as leader of a sometimes unruly inner team. The conversation might take us outside, perhaps into the natural world, or maybe we would end up on a bench, reflecting on life rhythms as people go by. Whatever the approach, none of this happens without your acceptance: you are the expert of your own aliveness.

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