What is POP?
Process Oriented Psychology was developed by Arnold Mindell who graduated from MIT and the Jung Institute in Switzerland. He developed a particular way of working with dreams and the body to reveal how the unconscious communicates through physical sensations and other body phenomena.
Why do it?
Process Oriented Psychology offers a way of working with the body in a therapeutic setting. Rather than pathologising bodily symptoms and other disturbances it chooses to explore and understand them as a way to help the client develop greater self-awareness.
How does it work?
Process Oriented Psychology works with the idea of a ‘dreaming process’. This typically manifests itself through body symptoms, dreams and non-verbal communication. This ‘dreaming process’ is unfolded by working with channels which include the visual, auditory, kinaesthetic and proprioceptive. A therapist explores these channels with the client to reveal the unconscious and explore deeper psychological issues.
What are the benefits?
By identifying the language of the body through its symptoms, Process Oriented Psychology is a gentle approach to therapy that allows the client to gain new insights into their psychological health and well-being.