"When we are called to our life’s purpose we are called not as we are but to become who we can be."
"The body is 'our primary text and starting point for knowledge'." Rountree, 2006
"Restoring energetic boundaries and innate defensive and protective strategies that have been thwarted and immobilized."
The craft of psychotherapy calls us to deeply embody ourselves and companion others as they become present to and process the unbearable in their individual and intergenerational histories. Called to descend with another into the abyss of one’s legacy of their suffering is a tall order, one that demands us, as therapists, to cultivate our capacity and consciousness as we bear witness to that which has been endured yet unmetabolised and to attend to another in their journey back to Self, all the while maintaining our equilibrium, compassion, and an open heart. Over 4 days therapists will come together in circle to touch into and process aspects of what it means to be a therapist and to embody their heart in clinical practice. In our exploration we will delve into the questions,
How do we muster the vastness and endurance necessary to accompany others to return from the underworld of trauma?
What can we rely on to help us transcend this difficult terrain?
What supports us as we reflect upon and live our lives as therapists?
Embodiment practices, reflective process, dialogue, and live demonstrations will be the vehicle for such exploration as we deepen connection to the sentient and archetypal worlds and embodied wisdoms and use creative process to narrate our journey. We will discuss the theory and practice of embodied, attachment-oriented, relational psychotherapy to deepen our personal understanding and experience of embodying the heart in clinical practice.
This intensive is non-residential and geared towards therapist’s process and reflection rather than a clinical training. There will be discussion of clinical practice and exploration of demonstrations as they apply to clinical practice during the intensive. This intensive is open to therapists with a graduate degree(s) in a mental health discipline.
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