If we look at the variety of psychotherapeutic schools and offers, it shows that there is no such thing as ‘the psychotherapy’. Similar to politics or religion, there is a multiplicity of competing views and offers that are often complementary, but in many cases even incompatible. The central concern of both, psychodynamic and experiential psychotherapy is the widening and deepening of the awareness of one’s own being and one’s own way of functioning. What makes most people look out for psychotherapeutic help is suffering, which is usually due to the fact that at some points of our lives we don’t manage to organize thinking, feeling and acting in a way that it serves ours needs and leads to the experience of abundance, vitality and vitality. The common attempt to change one’s own experience, feelings and behavior by self-blame, inner severance, discipline or avoiding it by distraction, repression and all kinds of addictions usually doesn’t lead to satisfactory results, but to disappointment from life and inner resignation.
The therapeutic approach at this point is the loving and mindful exploration of one’s own being, which is often only possible in the company of a benevolent, familiar and security-giving person. In such a framework, where are no external demands on one’s own functioning, an inner exploration of those layers of our being can take place, which seemingly oppose our influence as we were deeply hurt there, feel ashamed or which already become perpetual habits. Through this mindful and loving understanding in common exploration as well as through the multiple methods of inner work, these layers of our inner being become accessible to relaxation, healing, and finally change — even where we already gave up hope.