419 S. 19th Street,
Philadelphia PA 19146
Providing an Array of Services from a Relational Perspective
Nancy Maguire, Psy.D. and Anne Denner, M.S.S., L.C.S.W.
An Integral Life
An integral life is whole and balanced. Imagine a double helix - one strand linked to another - moving upward. This is the image of an integral life. Each part of the self grows and enhances the development of self and other. It is not a life of singular purpose. An integral life is REAL.
Just as the healthy athlete must train not just the body, but mind and soul too, the integral life leaves no part of the self underdeveloped. What are these parts? Simply put they are mind, body, community and soul.
The Integral Life is a Path...
The path through life is not always smooth or easy. The inner self of mind and body can be harmed, thwarted or neglected. The development of the outer self, relationships, and community can suffer from losses or isolation.
An integral life begins with healing and leads to development. Part of the healing process takes place in therapy. Healing and moving towards an integral life involves more than individual psychotherapy, just as an integral life includes more than the mind. Group psychotherapy, focusing on community and relationship skills is another way to heal and move along the path.
Understanding the relationship between the body and the mind can help both mind and body heal. Yoga, exercise, conscious consumption and acupuncture are just some of the ways the body can enter the integral path. The experience of a yoga class can be brought to therapy and integrated into the other aspects of the self. The challenge to engage in regular exercise, healthy eating and positive physical and sexual experiences can also be explored in therapy, thus opening the path to these other aspects of a whole and happy life.
The soul too can be harmed and healed. Meditation, prayer, mindfulness and silence are some of the ways the soul can mend. These experiences, and the blocks to engaging in them (including the barriers to the spiritual parts of the self) can also be explored in therapy.
One of the four areas (mind, body, relationship, community) may be more significantly wounded than another. An integral life, and integral psychology, focuses on all areas. Psychotherapy may begin by focusing on one of the healthier areas and use this strength to heal other areas. For example, a dancer whose early relationships were marked by neglect could use her art and body to express the pain of being neglected, and the hope for self renewal.
A Relational Perspective
A relational perspective means that the relationship between you and the therapist is central to the process of healing, growing and creating an integral life. By taking a relational perspective the connections you make to the people in your life- at work or home, as well as in therapy – become the source of learning about yourself and creating change. A relational perspective values relationships – between others and yourself. A relational perspective means that the goals of therapy or assessment are developed by you and your therapist together. Consultation or training will be designed by the organization in conjunction with the consultant. Learn more about the services offered on our Services
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