May I introduce Phil Turner?  For those of you who don’t know him yet, his approach to therapy supports two aspects of life, healing and growth. All therapeutic approaches support healing and all successful therapy will create opportunities for growth in relationships, work or creative pursuits. However, Psychosynthesis is one of the few psychologies that actively attends to both aspects. How does it work?  

Being Stuck or Lost

 Phil says: ‘Most of us experience feeling stuck or lost from time to time, and, unable to find clarity or confidence, we don’t know how to move forward.  

Few of us consciously choose to be stuck where we don’t want to be. The forces at work usually feel as if they are external; obligations to others, their attitude or treatment of us, or the misfortunes of fate and the pain of being stuck is sometimes so unbearable that we seek help.

In this situation the work of Psychosynthesis therapy involves building self-awareness to support the identification and processing of the unconscious blocks to movement that we may be holding onto in ourselves. This approach can bring about relief from pain (healing) and an experience of transformation (growth).

The writer and actress Anaïs Nin, who claimed that her life was transformed by therapy, described beautifully the moment when, finally aware of her power choose, she let go of her stuckness and experienced a sense of flowering. “And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”.

For me, supporting people at all stages of healing and growth has great beauty. I feel honoured and privileged to be with, and bear witness to, the pain, the courage, the healing and the growth of others.’


Phil is a Psychosynthesis counsellor, supervisor and co-founder of Cotswold Talking Therapies. www.cotswoldtalkingtherapies.co.uk. You can contact him for appointments at the Isbourne via our number 01242 254321.

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