Therapy for growth 

Typically people turn to counselling or psychotherapy when they are distressed and feel the need for support but a small and growing proportion of clients, usually those who have had counselling before, are looking to therapeutic methods to help them develop and find greater fulfilment.

This is how I came to therapy almost 10 years ago. I was confused, lacking a sense of direction and purpose, feeling as if I was at a cross-roads but with no sense where I wanted to go or which path might help me to get there. Then I was lucky enough to stumble across The Psychosynthesis and Education Trust and I signed up for a foundation year in Psychosynthesis Counselling. It was offered both as the first step in counselling training and as a personal development course, and for this I had to enter therapy. 

The whole experience was challenging and invigorating in equal measure. It stimulated and supported me in making discoveries within myself, and self-knowledge set me off in radically new directions both personally and professionally with solid foundations that have enabled me to maintain my ongoing development. And all of this has brought a deep sense of meaning to my life and work. 

Growth achieved through therapy is usually less dramatic and life-changing than this and the motive for change is often more painful and distressing. However many of the tools needed for healing the wounds we have suffered can be used to help us uncover and develop our potential to enable us to grow into a more fully realised version of ourselves.

Phil Turner
Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Guide