Participatory Counselling

PATH Method  Counselling and Coaching

The PATH Method – Participatory Awareness for Transformational Healing – is a modality of personal transformation, life coaching, counselling and consultancy.

It regards the human being as a living body, soul and individual spirit with a potential connection to vast resources of vitality, creativity, intelligence, compassion, intimacy, expanded awareness and spirituality.
As an expression based counselling modality it evolved out of Psychophonetics, founded by Yehuda Tagar and based on Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy and Psychosophy. It combines a client-centred verbal approach to psychotherapy with non verbal expressive modalities of body sensing, gesture and movement, visualization and the skillful application of the sounds of human speech, which allows for rapid access to deep psycho-emotional layers of experience.

Like psychphonetics, the PATH Method claims that it’s relatively short, effective counselling-coaching process enables clients to:

Explore their inner life and become aware of hidden patterns and blocks, buried riches and potentials.
Empower themselves to clear past impositions which in the course of their lives have compromised their wholeness, dignity and strength.
Resource their human potential, invoking and accessing new possibilities for independent living, heightened creativity and spirituality and the realization of their full humanity.
Human life experience is never lost or forgotten; it is all stored in the body as a memory to be activated consciously or unconsciously by similar experiences in later life. The past is therefore ever present and as such interferes with and distorts present reality. This leads to the perpetuation of dysfunctional behaviour patterns, difficulties in relationships, limitation of creative potential , stress, exhaustion and illness on many levels.
Such “inner scripts” can be accessed directly, explored and transformed in short-term psychotherapeutic interventions (3 to 6 sessions) using a variety of somatic and transpersonal techniques. The transformation enhances well being on all levels. Physical health is enhanced through healing of psycho-somatic problems while relationships are transformed through recovery from past abuse, addictions and suppressions. Clients often experience a release of energy and creative potential and a deepening of intellectual, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual awareness.

The PATH Method facilitates effective recovery from addiction, past sexual and other abuses, reactions, projections, panic and anxiety disorders, dysfunctional behaviour patterns, relationship difficulties, burn-out, trauma, fatigue, creative blocks and a whole range of psychosomatic issues. It enables a deep and intimate connection to one’s Inner Child, Inner Man and Woman and to the deeper meaning of one’s experience, purpose, direction and meaning in life.

The PATH Method in Medical Practice
After 20 years in general medical practice, I realized that the one thing my holistic approach lacked was the option of skillfully using a psychotherapeutic intervention to explore deeper causes of illness. I discovered that the psychophonetic counselling modality fitted perfectly into my medical practice. In 2005, I completed a 3 year training diploma in Psychophonetic Counselling and over the following ten years modified it as the PATH Method to become a dynamic and essential part of my medical practice.

Patients consult me for a wide range of physical and psycho-emotional problems. In the course of the interview, attention is invariably drawn to psychosocial factors which may be connected with the clinical problem. Using simple preparatory  techniques, the patient may be invited to experience his or her physical symptoms on a deeper level. For instance, if the complaint is abdominal pain, the patient is asked to focus on the bodily sensation of pain and then to gesture with the hands and then the whole body the character of the pain. The patient then steps away from the gesture and observes imaginatively the body form that was created by the gesture. This imaginative picture frequently unveils for the patient new and sometimes overwhelming insights into the nature of the illness which he will wish to explore in a follow up psychophonetic session.

The methodology provides a wide range of techniques which enables the practitioner to deepen the diagnostic and therapeutic picture. The specific process that emerges during each session through the dynamic interaction between client and counselor will determine which methodological utilities are used.
The client carrying his or her own unique life experience is entrusted to steer the ship and thereby gives direction to each session. He is inwardly equipped and carries the innate guidance for his own life journey. The counselor accompanies the client as a well traveled voyager and will help to navigate the ship and coach the client through the uncharted seas until he/she has learned the skill to travel alone. For in the end it is the client’s higher self that is challenged to take charge of the ship of life and to create his own truth and meaning for his own unique destiny.