Biographical Counselling
 
In biographical counselling you work with your past, present and future, following the red thread of a question or theme in your life. It is a counselling stream that has its roots in Anthroposophy, a holistic philosophy of life based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. 

Rudolf Steiner's many lectures speak of a meaning in life that can in other words also be found in most world philosophies and religions. The contents he brings is often not new, but refreshed in words that fitted around the time of his life. It describes the history of humanity and explains it in such a way that it helps to see the evolution of mankind and the meaning of life as a path of development. 
Similar philosophies of biographical development can be found in Buddhism, the ancient Greek culture, the Roman culture, the Christian religion, the medieval times and so on. 

Each life is unique and completely individual, yet if one compares 1000 of lives together, one can often find similarities of experiences around a certain age. This is what biographical counselling can offer in addition to other types of counselling. An extra possibility of looking at events. Maybe it is normal that around 9-10 years old, life can be experienced suddenly differently and it may feel like a loss of paradise? Or maybe it is normal for a human being around 42 to feel more stuck, like lost in a labyrinth or having to be reborn? If a personal crisis, at the same time is also a human developmental step, this might give hope and courage. There might be more meaning in it, it might also pass by itself and I cannot help it right now. There is a game people used to play around 15th-17th century, where such Human archetypal experiences are put on a boardgame, the Game of Goose. It is striking that these are exactly corresponding with anthroposophic biographywork. A similar game can be found in ancient Egypt, played with lions or in the ancient Greek culture.

Anthroposophy is not a religion or a sect, it aims to be a scientific evidenced based modern research of the holistic workings between body, soul and spirit. (Anthropos is Greek for humanbeing, Sophia means wisdom) However the language used is already over 100 years old, using sometimes also words that were used in ancient holistic principles such as from the Indian Sanskrit. This might appear strange when first getting to know more about it. 
Rudolf Steiner was a man of remarkable insight who was not only able to look historically, bringing clarity on worldevolution and researching how human life develops, he also brought many impulses to find better ways of education and environmental care. His work include many ways of therapies with movement, art, psychotherapy and medicine. 

His ideas of education and how our youth and childhood continues to work into our physical constitution have also been discovered in the last few decades and the researches on epigenetic (the genes direct our body, but what directs our genes?) and the psychoneuroendocrine immunology researches. Here modern research proves how events influence our neurologicalsystem, our immunsystem, our hormonalsystem and our psyche. The awareness of our time on the environment, the disappearing of bees and pollinators, of birds, of pollution, also point at his environmental foresight and his ideas of organic produce. 

In biographical counselling however all that matters are your experiences in life, it is your very own language and key to what you most wish to do deep inside your heart and what you need at this particular time in your life to find the next step on your path.

The extensive training a biographical counsellor goes through (750 contact hours, 300 hours of client sessions) combines counselling research and approaches (such as humanistic counselling from Carl Rogers, working with the inner child from Charles Withfield) with holistic human knowledge of daily life collected from the work of Rudolf Steiner. The training is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
 
For more information you can also look at the site for the Professional Association of Biographical Counsellors (PABC) www.biographicalcounsellors.com

For more information about anthroposophic speaking therapies, biographywork, psychotherapy and psychiatry go to www.anthroposophicspeakingtherapies.org






Italian Biography boardgame 16th century
16th century Italian Biography Game


It is by sharing
the joys, the sorrows,
the wounds, the wonders,
that we experience one human world,
shaped of many continents,
where over, under and beyond,
true feelings flow,
washing old thoughts,
rooting in old experiences,
restoring sense and meaning
coming from our own heartbeat source,
of the ever beating Impulse of Human Love