It is our inherent nature to change and to grow. This impulse toward life and growth exists within every person, but sometimes it may be blocked. The Organic approach is meant to keep the focus squarely on each person's innate healing ability and growth potential and to find and resolve the blocks that prevent its full expression. An organic perspective means being guided by the unique creative strengths within each person. The job here is to access this original brilliance and strength and to work toward finding the clarity to remove any obstacles that may stand in the way of its expression.
Integrative means that influences can be wide-ranging, but that they are integrated into a cohesive world-view of the counselling practice. All of the most relevant influences for this practice always refer back to a basic trust in the clients innate, natural ability to heal.
Three central concepts which guide the work are:
- Congruence - The art of being deeply genuine
- Empathy - Going beyond being attentive and caring to being fully, empathically present.
- Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR) - To always hold “unconditional positive regard” of the client at the core of the counselling relationship.
These three points are the tip of the iceberg. Person-Centered therapy, founded by Carl Rogers (see video below), is at the genesis of most contemporary humanistic schools of therapy.
A central idea is that of “awareness” and being “in the now”. Gestalt therapy is less concerned with digging around in the past for it’s own sake, but rather in the quality of how we are experiencing the present moment – and how we may be re-living past experiences or patterns in the Now. Here is a site that goes into some depth about all the components of Gestalt.
Existential Analysis (EA)
EA holds that much of our inner struggle is both a struggle for freedom and a struggle to accept ultimate responsibility for our lives; Freedom and Responsibility, the yin and the yang of Existentialism. The question is, can I BE where I stand, and if I can’t, can I take responsibility for making the changes necessary to find ground I can stand on?
Carl Rogers on Person-Centered Therapy...