Having sold over 15,000 copies since first publication, Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action is the definitive introduction to the principles and techniques of psychosynthesis. Pitched clearly and accessibly, it explains how the counsellor or psychotherapist can incorporate psychosynthesis into their own work with clients.

Diagnosis and Assessment

Diagnosis and assessment

The Initial Interview

When Caroline, whom we met earlier, walked into the counsellor's office and glanced nervously at the surroundings, the room seemed normal enough, with a light, quiet atmosphere. She noticed fresh flowers, pictures on the wall of stars and galaxies, a collection of ornamental stones and sea shells and, in the centre of the room, two armchairs facing each other. There was nothing very threatening here. She relaxed a little.

Caroline was in her mid-forties. She was thin and walked with stooped shoulders. Her face carried a look of despair, deeply etched by years of anxiety, countless failures and, more recently, separation from her husband followed by a divorce.

Life was so empty and meaningless that in recent months she ...

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