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Personal Growth and Issues of Meaning

People who are interested in issues of personal growth, exploration of meaning or increased consciousness sometimes consult a psychotherapist. This approach does not utilize a ‘disease model’ but uses the science of psychology and practical traditions to assist the client in becoming more aware. Sometimes people who come for relief from a disorder discover aspects of themselves of which they were not previously aware and want to continue that process of discovery. Learning to see our self more objectively, noticing the on-going flow of associations in our mind and intentionally directing our attention more of the time can lead to unexpected and gratifying experiences and change how we see and relate to others.

I think this approach is a legitimate role for a psychotherapist to pursue with a client who asks for it. I do not have an agenda to lead others into this kind of endeavor if they are wanting other services.

Learning to see our self more objectively, noticing the on-going flow of associations in our mind and intentionally directing our attention more of the time can lead to unexpected and gratifying experiences and change how we see and relate to others.