Psychosynthesis coaching is the bringing together of professional coaching models, practices, and standards with the methodologies and tools of Psychosynthesis. Is it in itself, a synthesis of two fields of work that align with the needs and desires of the individual.
The International Coach Federation defines professional coaching as 'partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential'. What do coaches do? Coaches work with individuals to help them:
gain self-awareness by asking curious questions and reflecting back what they hear;
connect with their goals, values and beliefs and understand how they are impacting their choices, both effectively and possibly ineffectively;
achieve objectives, unlock their potential, and engage their motivation by working with the individual's unique strengths.
As important to what coaching is, is what coaching is not: it is not advising, mentoring, consulting or even sharing your own experience. Coaches create presence with their clients and work to meet their clients where ever they are.
What kinds of topics can be brought into the coaching discussion? It can be anything that has an individual noticing they are stuck, directionless, or out of alignment. Coaching time is used explore where the individual is, what they want to achieve, how they want to achieve it, and the action oriented steps that will help the client achieve their goals.
Psychosynthesis, a transpersonal psychology, comes from the work of the 20th century Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli. Assagioli was interested in synthesis, or the bringing together in an organic whole being the diverse and sometimes conflicting elements of the human psyche. Assagioli's model describes varying levels of awareness, qualities, personas, coping mechanisms, and all the elements of Self that make each of us the unique individuals we are. He believed each was an independent part of a larger whole, and each part completed its function to create organic unity.
Assagioli believed that an attitude of psychosynthesis to life creates self-awareness, self-realization, and, ultimately, societal integration leading to awareness of our common humanity.
"Psychosynthesis Coaching has helped to me to embrace my underlying feelings and thoughts, which I may be unaware of, but which ultimately influence my actions and how I show up in life. One technique in particular taught me to visualize my stress and uneasiness as an object. For me, my stress was visualized as a balled up, knotted rope. This techniques taught me to visualize that rope, then to unwind it, unknot it, and throw it away. This left me calm, at ease, and at my best to answer questions, as I used this technique to mentally prepare for an interview. ", Ann Marie Hershey, Director, Operational Quality & Compliance