Psychosynthesis is a therapeutic approach that derives from psychoanalysis. It was developed in the early 20th century by Roberto Assagioli who, unlike Freud, believed in a more inclusive concept of humanity.
A key assumption of psychosynthesis is that every human being has a vast potential for personal growth – a natural tendency to synthesis all aspects of themselves to become the fullest realisation of themselves.
The practice of psychosynthesis is based on the idea that every person only uses a small part of their potential and that we are all capable of leading fulfilling lives. To uncover a person’s inner wisdom, psychosynthesis therapy focuses on exploring your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and spirit in order to uncover any internal conflicts and blocks.
Another key concept within psychosynthesis is that through every crisis or challenge, something new is seeking to emerge that will lead to growth and transformation. This approach emphasises that while we cannot always control what happens to us, we do have a choice in how we respond and relate to these events.
The overall process of psychosynthesis can be divided into two stages: personal and transpersonal. The personal stage involves the healing and integration of aspects of the personality and the personal self through the process of self-actualisation. This leads to a high level of functioning in terms of work, relationships, and other meaningful areas of life.
The transpersonal stage involves contact with your deepest callings and desired goals. By achieving alignment with the transpersonal self, you can access your inner guidance and wisdom, enabling you to discover enhanced creativity, spirituality, and an expanded state of consciousness.
Psychosynthesis addresses all areas of wellbeing, enabling you to work through self-destructive behaviours and conflicts that are hindering your growth. This approach is particularly beneficial for those suffering from issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and work or relationship problems.