PSYCHOLOGY NOW Director - Philip G. Watkins Registered Psychologist
Organizations around the world are demanding more accurate information about clients and employees in an effort to retain valuable employees and achieve peak productivity.
The key to success in any venture is the ability to communicate effectively with others, to inspire them to share your vision and goals, as well as to provide effective direction and to keep things on track. Yet communication is often difficult if personality type is not taken into consideration. This is because people tend to believe that others think the same way they do. They believe that others have the same motivations, values, and priorities—although this is usually not the case.
However, when personality type is understood & mastered, communication becomes exponentially more effective because people begin to recognise and make the most of human diversity.
The Enneagram is an extraordinary framework for understanding yourself, your associates and colleagues, and the "personality" of your team or organization as a whole. Each type has its own way of relating to others, its own set of perceptions and preoccupations, its own values and approaches to life. Each relates to others in different but understandable ways.
By understanding personality types, we can "speak the language" of others who are not the same as we are. Real communication is then possible, and we are able to deal more effectively with conflicts, ineffective work habits, office politics, and different management styles. If we want to maximize our effectiveness, we need to learn how to manage different types of people and how to relate to different types of clients.
Furthermore, the Enneagram helps us see our own personality dynamics more clearly. Once we are aware of different personality types, we see that our own style will not be equally effective with all types of people. Thus, one of the most profound lessons of the Enneagram is how to move from a management style in which others are expected to mold themselves to us—to a more flexible management style in which we act from an awareness of the viewpoints and needs of others. By doing so, we help others become more effective themselves—and as a result, harmony, productivity, and satisfaction increase.
As a growing number of organizations are discovering, the Enneagram approach to understanding human beings–their behaviours, motivations, values, thinking styles, ways of problem solving etc - is the most effective method for improving individual and team
My focus on the individual client is less about techniques or analysis and more about exploration, helping to shed light upon the obstacles in your life, so insights can be gained to change the areas you want to change or manage your life differently. My role is to get to know you and for you to develop a greater understanding of yourself and others in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
I have worked with clients presenting with issues of: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, crisis, sexual dysfunction, grief and loss, anger, relationship dysfunction, performance reduction, self-esteem/self-confidence issues.