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A Brief Introduction to Process Oriented Psychology by Stacey Millichamp

August 11, 2015

Psychological therapist and theorist Arnold Mindell developed Process Oriented Psychology in the late 1970s. This therapy integrates many psychological frameworks, including cognitive, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and transpersonal perspectives. A transdisciplinary approach, Process Oriented Psychology draws on modern physics, indigenous teachings, and Taoism. Psychotherapists in the United States typically refer to this type of counseling as Process Work, while those in the UK, Europe, and Asia refer to it by its longer name, or the acronym “POP.”

Process Oriented Psychology operates on the premise that each person has a unique way of dealing with his or her problems or experiencing the world. Counseling based on this theory focuses on helping patients to discover their personal, unconscious ways of dealing with conflicts through a variety of methods. Although originally developed for individuals, this type of counseling can be applied to groups. Psychotherapists using this method of counseling look for visible and subtle signals from people and groups to illuminate and resolve issues.

Process Oriented Psychology continues to grow and expand as psychotherapists find new uses for this unique approach.

About the Author: Stacey Millichamp is a psychotherapist based in North London, UK. She spent several years training in Process Oriented Psychology, working with families and groups. Ms. Millichamp uses this approach to work through group conflict.


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