A Process Orientated approach enables both client and therapist to get to the root of a host of symptoms including stress, anxiety, loss of energy, insomnia, depression, low self-esteem and addictions.
A collaborative approach to therapy does not confine itself to any one modality or therapeutic system. Within a process oriented framework therapist and client work together with whatever arises. This improvisational approach to working enables both the client and therapist to understand at an experiential level beliefs about self and the world around us that can limit our life choices and our ability to be more fully in the world.
Act in order to know
Most cognitive and psychoanalytic therapies sit within a cultural paradigm that require us ‘to know in order to know how to act.’ This positioning lends itself to interpretative and narrative lead analysis one which immerses client and therapist in theory.
The problem with this is that creative movement, which is the wellspring of all change, lies not in theory but being. Flipping the ‘knowing in order to act’ paradigm on its head and ‘taking action in order to know*’ results in the creation of a virtuous circle.
The more we act in accordance with our authentic self the more choices we have, the more able we are to free ourselves from habituated environments that hold us in impoverished and unhealthy behavioural patterns. In keeping with this heuristic approach in-between sessions you will be asked to undertake certain tasks to facilitate this change.
A process oriented approach is founded on mutual respect. Informed consent is at the core of the relationship between client and therapist. Coercion or manipulation have no place within the therapeutic relationship. At any point the client can decide not to undertake the work prescribed or bring the work to an end.
* Heinz von Foerster (1984) Second order cybernetics. You can find more information about cybernetics and Circular Therapeutics here.