Process Work (or Process-oriented Psychology) is a new paradigm in psychotherapy focusing on understanding human experience and change, designed for working with the entire spectrum of human consciousness.
At its core, it is an awareness practice that emphasizes noticing the dream-like experiences happening in and around us, all day long – not just at night. In very general terms, the practice of Process Work is understanding people’s process – that is, following the flow of experience as it occurs in oneself and in the world.
Often, the way things unfold in life provides important information and even solutions to problems. In order to stay close to this unfolding, Process Work focuses on expanding personal awareness to events that support the way we ordinarily think about or see ourselves and also paying close attention to things that are disturbing us — disavowed or marginalized parts of ourselves – which we usually try to avoid or get away from.
Process Work does not hold preconceived notions of what is right or wrong. It follows experiences rather than holding fast to any program or ideal. Following the flow of process involves caring for the absurd and impossible and going against conventional beliefs and ways of seeing things. It also involves going with the nature of the moment instead of a prescribed or pre-determined course of action.