The Seven Types in Counseling
Typology is an integral part of Psychosynthesis and what is known as the seven ways of psychosynthesis is a part of that understanding. However, the use of typology has a much wider application than finding a client’s soul path.
In this workshop, participants got an introduction to how to use the seven types in counseling and their relation to the seven psychological functions. These are essential when we work with developing a client’s psychological functions – a key task in psychosynthesis.
The workshop also included how our grasp of typology can help us to speak the language of our client, adapting our counseling style to the prominent types of the client. A major reason why clients stop counseling is that they are not feeling understood and seen according to their unique qualities, and the counseling style might be too rigid, formed around a single preferred method (e.g. talking therapy).
Using the seven types can help therapists stay creative and flexible, adapting to each client’s preferred development mode. The workshop focused on the following objectives:
- How to find the dominant types of a client and the underlying psychological functions
- How to develop the deficient types and functions.
- How to adapt our counseling style to different types of clients.
Kenneth Sørensen, MA in Psychosynthesis, is the author of The Seven Types and the manager of JivaYou.com, which offers personality profiles based on psychosynthesis and the seven types. He is also the editor of www.kennethsorensen.dk, which is the largest online library of Psychosynthesis articles.
This event is for EPA members only.
“In Psychosynthesis, [the] differences of temperament and character are taken into full account, and the plan and the various healing and educational tasks are adapted to the particular individual type, in the sense of developing deficient or immature psychological functions, and of valuing the gifts or talents.” Roberto Assagioli