Balancing Rocks

Processwork Psychotherapy

The Processwork practitioner pays a lot of attention to the client’s own “signals” or responses to every intervention, and constantly re-orients to match both the sensory style of the client, the rhythm and pace of the client, as well as the overall viewpoint of each particular client towards the issue they are working on understanding in more depth. This ongoing study of the client’s processing system, and calibrating the therapist’s methods to match that of the client makes Processwork psychotherapy more precise in meeting client’s needs than most other modalities.

 

Pathways Psychology Institute’s  students study a broad range of modalities, but as Processwork is our guide to assessing which method to use when, we do a lot of skills training in learning to read the precise indications the client constantly gives to our interventions. These client responses are referred to as the client “feedback" and becoming good at noticing your client’s feedback is an essential aspect of becoming a Processwork Psychotherapist. Supervised practice sessions form a part of every class, following the lecture material, which may be presented live, or via internet or digital/audio recordings (for students at-a-distance). Students are involved in small learning group tutorials where exercises and some assessments are worked oncollaboratively, as you develop your understanding and your growing skills.

 

Arnold Mindell has been leading the developments and research into applying Processwork in many contexts for the past decades. Alongside Arny and his wife, Amy Mindell, many colleagues have developed the effectiveness of these skills in a wide range of contexts (in addition to individual and couple counselling). These days there are many Processwork Psychotherapists applying the Processwork approach to working with individuals in coma, people suffering from a wide range of mental health diagnoses, as well as working with very large groups on shared issues called “Deep Democracy”.