The question is always, what choice needs to be made to get the outcomes that the young person really wants. For adolescents this is a great developmental task, which, once learned, can be applied to many areas of their lives. This in turn provides a model for the client which can be internalized — a model that fully demonstrates that, no matter what her issues, problems and pathologies might be, she is at core, a valuable and worthwhile individual.
First, the self-identification exercise eased anxiety, an aspect of culture shock. While this book contains much practical input on confronting one's problems from a solid psychological basis, I wholeheartedly recommend that special attention is paid to Chapters 6 and 7which take us deeper towards a transpersonal explanation and work with those same problems.
To have unconditional positive regard as a value for your work means taking a positive approach.
This approach allows for a wide variety of techniques and methods to be used within the psychosynthesis context. At other moments of counselling we might see our Self deeply inherent within the very problems we are seeking to solve.
It values times of darkness as much as periods of joy; it encourages us to embrace the unknown with no guarantees of security; it respects the creativity of confusion, rather than ready-made certainty; and, most importantly, it welcomes the unexpected which shatters our attachments and fixed models.
Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action is a powerful contribution to meeting the challenges of counselling and appreciating its beauty. Spiritual intelligence SQ has become a paradigm that can provide some relief regarding the dilemmas we face today.
The situation becomes a battle of wills, someone has to win and someone has to lose. It is this context which will illuminate and give meaning to our own, or to our client's personal circumstances. It is important to note that although the linear progression of the following stages does make logical sense, these stages may not in fact be experienced in this sequence; they are not a ladder up which one climbs, but aspects of a single process.
How wonderful that the principles and methods of psychosynthesis can be made available to those who perhaps would never seek counselling. After ten years of delivering the Teens and Toddlers programme and reaching over 9, vulnerable young people, I am happy to report that the principles of psychosynthesis not only work amazingly well but are highly transformative, increasing aspiration, self-belief, self-esteem and promoting a positive re-engagement with society.
This young person is valuable and worthwhile simply because they exist. The counselling relationship provides a container that holds an acceptance of both the dark and the light within the client through which she can find continuity of Being.
I also think that it does not require highly sophisticated interventions carried out by experts with long years of training in youth development to fix damaged youth.
There is, perhaps, gratitude. Psychosynthesis counselling is innovative. If we are depressed, [Page xiv]perhaps our depression is a symptom of how we have lost touch with our truest nature.
Many of our most vulnerable young people are at risk of failing to meet these developmental needs in a positive way, instead forming identities around a negative sense of themselves, born from a sense of hopelessness regarding the world around them. Since "I" is distinct from any and all contents and structures of experience, "I" can be thought of as not a "self" at all but as "noself".
Rather, the potential for a conscious relationship with Self exists for every person at all times and may be assumed to be implicit in every moment of every day and in every phase of life, even when one does not recognize this. The case study for this edition demonstrates the opposite of the above word of warning.
Absolutely everything that a young person encounters on their path of development can be a stepping stone to their growth and learning. As a result, the sum total of their aspirations in life is often to make as much money with as little effort as possible, and therefore to fall prey to criminal activities or to make money in ways that are exploitative and continue to compound a sense of failure.
I have become more mature and find it easier to express my opinion.
The case study author, Kim Shiller demonstrates again and again a relentless trusting of the client's capacity to find his way and a steadfast holding of a positive outcome for him.
I have learned how to control my anger, how to express my feelings and thoughts without hurting someone. Even worse is when we expect them to always be a problem and never change or amount to anything.
Helping people to discover themselves, make decisions and change their attitude is a creative endeavour. As Diana Whitmore writes, " Psychosynthesis maintains that the transpersonal is evolutionary in the sense of moving us forward, being our next step in manifesting our potential", so relevant to coaching which looks to the future and emerging potential.
Since initiating my work in social psychosynthesis and seeing the value of the application of transpersonal work to socially excluded adolescents, vulnerable young people who would never come to counselling, I am now somewhat outside the counselling paradigm.
To have compassion for the suffering of a young person's background, to understand that they may have lacked any positive role models in their life, to have empathy for their need for recognition, to know that their negative behaviour is often a cry for help — is to give a gift that can plant the seeds of self-empathy — to be a role model of how to be empathetic, which can then be internalized.
For another example think of joy; we try to regain the joy of being alive and in touch with ourselves by doing things that give us pleasure — alcohol, drugs and compulsive working — we seek ecstasy, but a material ecstasy, an imitation.
To facilitate understanding and transformation is less a matter of technical knowledge than one of instinct and experience. Most importantly, the context that we bring to our work with young people has a dramatic impact on how they [Page ]will experience themselves and, consequently, behave.
I was talking to [Facilitator] and we were saying I can try to use the interpersonal skills with my teachers, like the ones who I always have problems with when I go to school. I would also like to issue a challenge or a word of warning to the therapeutic community of which psychosynthesis is a part.
What value does that fulfil for them. Van Nostrand Company, Inc. As graduates of the Teens and Toddlers programme have said:.
Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action is the definitive introduction to the principles and techniques of the approach.
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Dec 27, · Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action is the definitive introduction to the principles and techniques of the approach. Demonstrating the need for people to find a more positive meaning to their lives, Diana Whitmore guides the reader through the four main stages of the counselling journey, explaining how the wide range of practical methods can be tailored to different client janettravellmd.com: Lady Diana Whitmore MAEd, Founder, Teens and Toddlers UK.
Diana is the Chief Executive of Teens and Toddlers UK. She is co-chair of the Trustee Board of the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust and is one of the UK's leading trainers of counselling and psychotherapy. May 01, · Psychosynthesis Counselling In Action has 4 ratings and 0 reviews.
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