Date(s) - Thu 12 Oct 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The metaphorical father of modern psychotherapy was Sigmund Freud. Influenced by the zeitgeist of his time, Frued drew heavily upon technological metaphors. Hence ‘psychodynamic theory’ as a carry over from the thermodynamics of steam-engines and a psychological lexicon of ‘parts’ and ‘object relations’, ‘resistances’ and cathartic ‘release’. While a more relational and empathic stance towards the client has evolved, the basic premise of psychological objects and the forces between them remains a largely unaltered theoretical understanding across many orientations. And yet given human beings are not machines, this workshop explores the limitations of technological metaphors alongside the benefits of ecological metaphors as a basis for practice.

The workshop introduces recent work integrating psychotherapy with contemporary scientific paradigms based upon ecological metaphors drawn from the modelling weather patterns, lightning pathways and the beatings of the human heart. A metaphorical ground which will be shown to provide a theoretical framework and practical basis for working with those recognisable but perhaps overlooked aspects of psychotherapeutic experience: the irregular, unexpected and seemingly chaotic imaginings that often point the way to creative process, healing and transformation.

Learning Objective Participants Can Expect From This Event

  • Notice how metaphors reveal and also conceal aspects of experience.
  • Understand the origins of technological metaphors hidden in much of therapeutic theory and contemporary language.
  • Work with holistic ecological metaphors in everyday relationships, creative work, self- development and healing.

Who is This Workshop Appropriate For?

  • Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Coaches; Art, Drama and Family Constellations therapists; Eco-therapists and anyone interested in an image-centric approach to therapeutic change and transformation.

How May This Workshop Impact Your Practice?

  • Discover greater confidence, creativity and freedom in working with the metaphorical roots of therapeutic theory and practice.

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