The Art of Guiding: The Psychosynthesis Approach to Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy

Publication Date



Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Glen Whitlock, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Hugh Redmond, Ph.D.

Donald Mastriano, Ed.D.

Anne Hubbell Maiden, Ph.D.


psychology, guiding, counseling, psychotherapy, psychosynthesis, transpersonal psychology


Counseling Psychology | Psychology | Transpersonal Psychology


In recent years, a powerful approach to counseling has been quietly developing among people working within humanistic and transpersonal psychology, primarily those exploring the implications and applications of Assagioli's psychosynthesis (1965). In these circles, the practice has come to be called guiding instead of counseling or therapy, because the practitioner is considered to be a guide on life's journey, someone who helps life travelers to find their own paths and directions. The purpose of this paper is to describe the psychosynthesis approach to guiding individuals on their personal and spiritual journeys, in order to make it more available to other helping professionals. This approach is directly useful to counselors and psychotherapists and has implications for educators, health professionals, social workers, clergy, and managers; in short, for anyone who works with people. This discussion is intended to serve as an introduction to the psychosynthesis approach and contribute to the work of practicing professionals; it cannot, however, replace training at one of the several psychosynthesis centers in the subtleties and depth of the art of guiding.


Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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