Process Skills for the Therapist

Everyone has their own style and therapeutic model to use when working with clients and to give an overall direction to the work.  However both new and experienced therapists often struggle when the process loses energy or reaches an impasse.

Using a transpersonal model of psychotherapy, these training days teach the skills needed to identify and understand core psychotherapeutic principles that are universal in any change process, and the interventions to follow them up. We develop the mindful gaze needed to catch the speed and complexity of the multiple processes that happen in any one session, and how to organize them into a coherent map or formulation that makes intuitive sense to both the client and therapist. Through understanding and working with these core principals it is possible to re-energise the work as a therapist and bring it to deeper level.

The training is experiential through working on personal stories. Methods include working with the imagination, movement, role-playing and other forms of the creative arts.  Part 1 focuses on working with individuals in the therapeutic setting, while Part 2 explores the phenomena of relationship or groups and those working in teams.

The Modules

Part 1.  Individual Therapeutic Work

1.    Core Psychotherapeutic Principles: The Observer, Dual Awareness, Personal Power, Pseudo-guides, Deep Democracy, Core Negative Beliefs, Working with Compassion.

These training days teach the importance of assessing how ‘psychological minded’ the client is through the presence or absence of an observing self that allows for insight. We learn to work with the compassionate and wise observer and how to do interventions that deepen what we call dual awareness.  We explore the blocks to compassionate wisdom, working with critics and negative self-beliefs, the concept of deep democracy and how to enable clients to discover their personal power. This stage is important for those working with clients with extreme states and chronic depression.

2.    Core Psychotherapeutic Principles: Levels of Awareness, Signals, Mixed Signals and Edges, Striking Impressions, Style of Contact and the Four Functions, Marginalization and the Thirteenth Fairy.

These training days address how to build a process formulation in order to identify the direction of the therapeutic work. We work with the concept of the iceberg, and how to follow what is marginalized as resistance in the client’s process and that is important for their growth and self-individuation. We teach how to identify the central energy hub of every session, known as edges, and how to encourage clients to stay as close to such moments of transition as they can.

3.    Core Psychotherapeutic Principles: Projection or the Disturbing Other as a Pearl of Wisdom, Soothing and Regulation and Addictions, Shapeshifting

These training days address complexes therapy processes and how to deepen and anchor the therapy. We teach how to work with projections and third parties using the intervention of shapeshifting, a valuable ‘short cut’ for therapeutic change. We also explore how to transform addictive tendencies and unhelpful habitual behavior, and to enable clients to self-soothe and regulate as a core task of much therapy work.

Part 2. Relationship and Group Work

1.    Core Psychotherapeutic Principles: The Transferential Relationship, Dreaming up and the Orphan Processes, Burning your Wood.

These training days give a sensory grounded and practical way to work with the use of self in the therapeutic relationship, including transference and counter-transference. We teach how to identify when a client’s process has ‘infected’ the therapeutic alliance, and the skills needed to give this process back to the client so that it becomes useful to the work. Understanding where we become vulnerable to such merging with the client’s world is also explored through the concept of Burning Your Wood.

2.    Core Psychotherapeutic Principles: Relationship Styles, Relationship Myth, Edges to Intimacy and Conflict, Conflict in the Therapeutic Relationship, Power, Rank and Diversity.

These training days explore relationship dynamics that happen within therapy, such as power and rank imbalances, conflict, and issues around culture and diversity. We teach a number of ways or portals to understand the field of relationship, including knowing your own relationship style as a therapist, and how to work with relationship issues in the stories that clients bring.

3.    Core Psychotherapeutic Principles: Weather Reporter, Roles and Ghost Roles, Hot spots, Hologram, The Field, Eldership, Styles and Anti- Styles.

These training days address group dynamics and process, essential for anyone working within a team, organization, facilitating groups or unfolding group issues in the client’s story. We teach how to facilitate in a team or group when you are a participant rather than the named leader, using framing, weather reporting and interventions that de-escalate conflict.  We also teach leadership skills for understanding the multiple and hidden process that happen in every group, including understanding your style as a leader, being able to identify what escalates conflict and understanding the impact of roles, ghost roles and atmospheres for a group’s wellbeing.  Finally we explore your capacity to step into a position of eldership in the heat of any group process.

  • These training days teach practical management skills to build confidence in working with groups and teams in order to lead from an empowered, clear and insightful place.
  • This training teaches the skills to deepen a self-reflective practice that forms the basis of all supervision. We can thereby empower others to engage with work in a more effective and satisfying way.
  • This training offers a tool kit and daily practice to live life in a more mindful way. It combines the best from psychological knowledge and meditation traditions to live out of full personal power.
  • These CPD days teach fundamental process skills for working with clients and understanding group and team dynamics. Essential for anyone wanting to take their work to a deeper level.