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What is psychosynthesis?

Psychosynthesis is a holistic, energetic, pragmatic approach aimed at producing results easily and quickly. It can be used for both short-term and long-term work. It emphasises the Will and the human capacity to choose.

Broadly speaking, psychosynthesis is a talking therapy. However, we retain an awareness that a person is an integrated body/mind, meaning that they have sensations, desires, feelings and thoughts. Each of these are included in the work, and each have a contribution to make. Many people use one side of themselves more than others, identifying with it; for example, you may describe yourself as ‘emotional' or ‘in your head'. Working in unfamiliar ways can be very productive to help you find a healthier balance in your life.

Psychosynthesis uses many techniques – for example, guided imagery, drawing, meditation, writing or journaling, gestalt chair work, working with sensations in the body – and works on meaning and purpose as well as on problems.

Psychosynthesis was created and developed by Roberto Assagioli from 1910, after he had studied psychoanalysis with Freud, and critiqued it for his dissertation.




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