Process Work

  • Single Session $125
  • Five Sessions $550

Process Work was first developed in the 70s by Arnold Mindell, a Jungian Analyst who studied the connection between illness and the unconscious mind. Since then, after more than 30 years of research by Arny and Amy Mindell and associates, Process Work has expanded its applications into areas varying from body symptoms to conflict resolution, personal development to facilitation for groups and organizations, working with relationships and families, to working with processes around death and coma. Process Work draws on the philosophies of Taoism, Zen, Alchemy, the work of C.G. Jung, Shamanism, Native American traditions and modern physics.

By studying the connection between body symptoms and dreams, Mindell discovered that in the same way that our nighttime dreams give us information about unconscious or lesser-known parts of ourselves, the same is true for our bodies. Similar to how the visions and symbols of our nighttime dreams give us valuable information about our inner direction, we can also discover and connect to new and different parts of ourselves by exploring the images and feelings behind our body symptoms and illnesses.

Mindell called this the ‘Dreambody’: just as we dream at night, our bodies are also dreaming. Unfolding the ‘dreams inside our bodies’ is always a personal and often surprising exploration. There is creativity, energy and intelligence in the background of our symptoms, which we can learn to tap into. Connecting to ourselves in this way can help us discover our own unique paths and lead to a sense of purpose, inner power, wholeness and aliveness.

Process Work is not a replacement of other methods of healing, medicine, treatment or medical approaches. Exploring our body symptoms or somatic experiences in this way may lead to a change or improvement in the symptoms themselves but that’s not necessarily the goal.

What’s been most exciting for Niyati in this approach is not to get rid of the symptom but to develop a different relationship to our symptoms by discovering the meaning they hold. This in itself transforms the symptom from something that inflicts suffering on us to more of an ally: The pain might still be there but we are now also in touch with some greater meaning in the background. Often this meaning is connected to some hidden power that could be useful in our lives.