What is Contemplative Psychotherapy?

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Contemplative Psychology

 

"If you are not willing to open yourselves fully in dealing with... [suffering], then you begin to... put people into pigeonholes. This is very dangerous for a therapist...

 

Our foundation is that we trust our own [and our client's] basic goodness. Basic goodness is the potential every human being has to express unconditional acceptance, kindness and gentleness towards themselves and others."       

 

"According to Buddhist tradition, people possess buddha-nature- that is, they are basically and intrinsically good. From this point of view, health is intrinsic...  [Therefore] the approach to working with others that I would like to advocate is one in which spontaneity and humanness are extended to others..."

 

Chogyam Trungpa 
Founder of Contemplative Psychotherapy

Jungian Psychology

"What is the purpose of the total dream life of the individual?... By observing a great many people and studying their dreams over time...he [Carl Jung]...found that, on the whole, dreams seem to follow an arrangement or pattern. Jung called this pattern 'the process of individuation.'"
Marie Louise von Franz

 

According to Jung our conscious mind is just a tiny fragment of who we really are. Our unconscious psyche contains an unimaginable depth of energy, awareness and wisdom. At the center of our unconscious psyche is an organizing principle which seeks wholeness and the realization of our full potential. Jung observed this principle in action in patients' dreams, and called it "the Self." Jungian therapy seeks to help the client make a relationship with this powerful inner guide- which is every human beings best ally in finding genuine healing and spiritual growth.

 

 

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Somatic (body-centered) psychotherapy


"My belief is in the blood and flesh as being wiser than the intellect. The body-unconscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know that we are alive... to the depths of our souls..."  D.H. Lawrence

 

In Somatic psychotherapy the client is encouraged to bring attention to their 'felt sense'- their awareness of physical sensations in the body. Through nurturing this awareness, the client gains access to a first hand kind of knowing which is impossible to find through thought. 

Client-centered psychotherapy
 

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."              

Carl Rogers

 

By providing a relationship of unconditional acceptance, empathy and genuineness, the therapist provides the conditions in which the clients own natural propensity towards healing and growth is supported.

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