“Psychosynthesis is a method of psychological development and self-realization for those who refuse to remain slaves of their own inner phantoms or of external influences, who refuse to submit passively to the play of psychological forces which is going on within them, and who are determined to become the masters of their own lives.” – R. Assagioli
With psychosynthesis therapy I help you to become freer to act instead of just react. To act from your true inner will so you can get new opportunities to change your way of thinking and acting. This integrative therapy model was developed by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) and belongs to the humanistic and transpersonal approach in psychology.
The humanistic perspective in psychology emphasizes looking at the whole individual and stresses concepts such as free will, self-efficacy, and self-actualization. Rather than concentrating on dysfunction, humanistic psychology strives to help people fulfill their potential and maximize their well-being. Characteristics for the transpersonal psychology is the combination of traditional western perspective in psychology and a deeper existential perspective.
As an integrative therapy, psychosynthesis also incorporates different methods and tools such as mindfulness, gestalt therapy, ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and an empathetic communication.
There is also a spiritual perspective in psychosynthesis that is about finding your place in the world. Issues of a nature such as, “Was this all there was to it?” and “Doesn’t my life hold more for me?” can be the beginning of a journey and a search for a deeper meaning in life. With the help of different psychotherapeutic tools, we can get in touch with our deepest values and find what gives us meaning. In this way, we can create authentic relations both to ourselves and others.
Assagioli would with time leave Freud’s psychoanalytical movement (which he early on together with among others Jung was engaged in). He experienced the methodology too limiting and too focused on the pathology in people. One of the pillars in psychosynthesis is that we all have an intrinsic ability to live the life we desire and in which we thrive.
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