The Humanitarian’s psychotherapy services supports aid workers to more deeply explore the existential issues and tensions likely to arise in the course of undertaking humanitarian work either as a result of duration or intensity of the work.
A common point for seeking psychotherapy occurs when an aid worker decides after many years, to be less field based and more home based with the prospect of a centralized job, setting up a home or establishing a family. Many issues can emerge associated with identity, purpose, inequality and existential depression.
The psychology practiced by The Humanitarian draws from humanistic, phenomenological, existential, transactional, narrative, transpersonal and integrative psychology philosophies combined with evidence-based biopsychosocial and cognitive interventions that promote a resilient basis of intervention.
The dynamic interplay between the internal world of the client (thoughts, memories, feelings and imaginings) and the nature of the external or environmental world that has impacted (or foreseeably will impact) on the lived experience is the main focus of deeper therapy sessions. It considers the perspective of life and sense of identity and belonging learnt from childhood through humanitarian work as well as the freedom to change, choose and relate intentionally and consciously as an adult.
Clients opting for longer term psychotherapy are usually invested in their own growth and transformation beyond the need to relieve stress or to deal with a specific issue. They will be interested in examining their own lived experience with authenticity, commitment and through processes of deep reflection. A search for deeper meaning into their existence and a transcendence beyond personal desire to a serving of humanity will be areas contemplated. Exploring relationship with life as well as with death is a critical aspect of the personal work embarked upon in sessions.