My worldview is a mix of different ways of thinking about the world, mainly ecological, systemic and relational – a result of the unique mix of my training, experience and own history. Within this view, I use a combination of both well-practiced and innovative theories, methods and tools. These include Solution-focused, Structural and Strategic Systemic, Holistic, Person-Centred, Positive Psychology, CBT, Mindfulness and Psychodynamic approaches.
In my case I often find it difficult to distinguish how one event or series of events in my life directly lead to or enhanced my ability, willingness and keenness to do or be involved in something. Rather for me, the experience is less causal and much more interactional and circular and can be described on many different levels of logical typing. So let me try and punctuate somewhat sensibly. My interest in an ecosystemic metaview of the world, an understanding beyond some internal construct to interactional, familial, communal, societal and cultural multiviews, has been a recurring theme in my life for many years as I struggled to make sense of ‘me’ and how I was experiencing (experience-in) the world and how these things provided meaning. The way of thinking was not always called that – ecosystemic metaview. This handy label I found during my course at UNISA. For two years at UNISA I was engaged in developing increased flexibility and adaptability in ways of thinking, co-constructing. Reflecting on my practice – this engagement provided (activated?) me with responsible and innovative ways in which I can enter different systems and contexts, and apparently bring about change. And hopefully my clients also have a sense of movement, of fun, of exploration, of laughter, of tears – a humbling experience for me in being allowed to walk with them for a short while on their journeys!