Self-criticism can have a devastating impact on one’s life, and Processwork offers a radical and effective approach to working with it.
However, I’ve noticed in my practice and in my own personal work that focusing on self-criticism alone is not enough and many people need some guidance on how to build “self-love muscle” in order to lead truly fulfilling lives. Processwork is in its essence an extremely accepting and compassionate paradigm, because it believes the value of each experience of individuals even if it appears to be undesirable.
About your Teacher
Ayako “Aya” Fujisaki, Ph.D. is a licensed counselor and consultant in private practice in Portland, OR. She teaches Process Work at the Process Work Institute and leads seminars and educational trainings in psychology, leadership, communication skills, and group facilitation both nationally and internationally.
She specializes in working with trauma, depression, major life transitions, dreams, relationship difficulties, and self-love and compassion. She has also gained a deep understanding of the issues related to cross-cultural and cross-racial communication, immigration and acculturation, racial and ethnic minorities, and cultural and systemic oppression. This specialty arises in part from her research on Asian American psychology but also from her own experiences of living in various parts of the world (including Japan, US, and Germany), living as an immigrant of color, and being in an interracial relationship. One of her current interests is offering psychological training to those who engage in international humanitarian and development activities, and she has been involved in projects with local NGOs in Bangladesh and Nepal. In November 2018, she provided a trauma training to local NGO workers at the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.