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.

The Initial Phase of Counselling

The initial phase of counselling

Following the initial interview and the formation of the counsellor's early working hypothesis, the main body of work begins. Although the length of counselling is determined by the client's stated desire and the nature of her presenting issues, the first phase of psychosynthesis counselling typically comprises between ten and fifteen sessions. It should be noted, however, that psychosynthesis also lends itself well to short or brief therapy, which can typically vary from six to thirty sessions. In this chapter we will look at this initial phase, in particular considering the counsellor's aim and intention, the issues most commonly presented by the client and the counsellor's approach in addressing these issues.

The First Session(s)

The Counsellor's Aim

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