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Melissa Moss is the Founder and Principal Psychologist at The Bodhi Tree Psychology - A Holistic Practice.

'The Bodhi Tree' was selected as a name for this practice, aiming not only to reflect the essence of the endeavor but also to gently introduce the profound and enriching experiences it aspires to offer. In the very fabric of this approach, there lies a sincere commitment to a humanistic ethos, skillfully weaving together mindfulness-based somatic approaches with psychology. This harmonious blend forms a holistic and transformative journey for those who choose to engage with it, providing a nurturing space for deep contemplation, healing, and personal growth.

In our moments of vulnerability, it can seem nearly impossible to recognize our inherent strengths and unique qualities. The humanistic ethos, intricately woven into the very fabric of this approach, steadfastly upholds the belief in the resilience of our inner strength. Here, vulnerability is not seen as a sign of needing direction, but rather as an oppourtunity to  discover untapped potential.

Humanistic psychology, emerging in the mid-20th century as a reaction to behaviorism and psychoanalysis, emphasizes the unique qualities of human beings, their potential for personal growth, self-actualization, and self-improvement.

Key concepts and ideas associated with humanistic psychology include:

  • Self-Actualization: Coined by Abraham Maslow, it refers to the innate tendency of humans to strive toward their fullest potential.

  • Holism: A holistic approach views individuals as complex beings, emphasizing understanding the whole person, including thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and social context.

  • Subjective Experience: Humanistic psychologists prioritize subjective experiences, such as emotions, personal beliefs, and perceptions, as unique to each individual.

  • Personal Responsibility: The importance of personal responsibility and making choices in line with values and goals.

  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: A hierarchy starting with basic physiological needs and progressing to higher-level needs like self-esteem and self-actualization.

  • Rogers' Person-Centered Therapy: Developed by Carl Rogers, this approach creates a nonjudgmental and empathetic therapeutic environment for clients to explore feelings and thoughts.

  • Existentialism: Influenced by existentialist philosophy, emphasizing individual freedom and the search for meaning in life.

  • Positive Psychology: While not originally part of humanistic psychology, positive psychology shares common themes, focusing on strengths, well-being, and a fulfilling life.

In summary, humanistic psychology has a far-reaching impact on various fields, emphasizing the importance of subjective experience, personal growth, and self-actualization. Its influence is evident in psychology, education, healthcare, management, and other areas where understanding and promoting human well-being are paramount.

All evidence-based approaches used at The Bodhi Tree Psychology align with this ethos, addressing a range of presentations such as trauma, PTSD, dissociation, childhood sexual abuse, social/emotional/mental/spiritual and/or physical abuse, emotion dysregulation (e.g., depression and/or anxiety), relationship issues (with self and/or others), loss, grief, bereavement, and more. Sessions are available for individuals aged 18 and over.

“Family dysfunction rolls down from generation to generation, like a fire in the woods, taking down everything in its path until one person in one generation has the courage to turn and face the flames. That person brings peace to their ancestors and spares the children that follow.”
― Terry Real

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Elsternwick Psychology, Vic 3185

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