This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.
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Identity and difference between client and practitioner in the therapy room are sometimes partially worked with or left in the background. The ongoing dis-ease in the social and political field outside the therapy room that our clients bring into the therapy room calls for practitioners to attend to their own thoughts, feelings and the background they bring into the space between client and practitioner. Gestalt therapy theory, with its focus on present awareness, will give participants the opportunity to explore intersections of identities, differences and discomforts in relation to each other.
After recent social movements all of us are being asked to consider our own social location, the socio-political fields and systems we inhabit. This also includes the microcosm of the therapy room. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore where they stand and will support exploration with clients.
This workshop aims to facilitate discussion and embodied dialogue between participants, leading to greater awareness of their own identities in relation to others and the wider social and political field. Among the main points that will be introduced are intersecting identities and unconscious bias.
By attending this workshop you will:
- Be able to explore identities and difference in an experiential way and by paying attention to their embodied experience.
- Notice how discomforting feelings can be useful to facilitate further dialogue.
- Have greater awareness of transgenerational messages that are brought into the therapy room and how that might affect the space between client and practitioner.
- Have an embodied experience of the session and learn/practice at least one method of self-regulation practice.
- Explore their own, often surprising, identities and differences including what they have learned from family introjects.
This workshop will include experiential exercises, a presentation and genogram work. There will be pair work and small group work, including group process time. Participants will be invited to stay with their embodied experience throughout.
This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.
Suzanne Worrica has several years’ experience practicing Gestalt Therapy in private practice and as an associate in clinics in London and Brighton. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Gestalt Centre London and have facilitated Gestalt groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. Prior to this Suzanne worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice. Suzanne offers a contemporary approach to talking therapy, integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the mindbody relationship. The current areas of her research are relationship dynamics, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.
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