The aim of this branch of psychotherapy is the reconciliation and integration of seemingly conflicted parts within the personality. When the various elements of our being are in conflict, we find ourselves in pain, often expressed in anger or depression. However, each time that a synthesis of two or more parts of our personality occurs, energy is freed and we experience a sense of profound well-being.
Psychosynthesis takes a holistic approach to the person recognising the needs of the spirit, the mind, the emotions and the physical self.
A few words on the difference between counselling and therapy.
There are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing events and feelings which seem to have no end or solution in sight. Sometimes we know that our feelings are due to particular circumstances such as change, relationship problems, bereavement or illness, at others we may have no idea what is making us feel the way we do; all we know is that our lives have become uncomfortable, difficult or even seemingly intolerable.
If our anxiety becomes too great we can be prompted into making hasty decisions, often to be regretted, or act on advice with which we may not be wholeheartedly in agreement – and then have to live with the consequences.
Counselling can help people to clarify their thoughts and feelings so they can arrive at their own decisions, or even make major changes in their lives. This can often be achieved during short-term work.
Psychotherapy attempts to go deeper. Rather than focusing on coping strategies or simply modifying behaviour, psychotherapy seeks to understand the roots of presenting problems. The work encourages the client to talk about and explore their feelings, beliefs systems and thoughts, and often, their childhood. As a result the work is often long-term.