Zen Philosophy in Psychotherapy: Non-Agenda, Allowance and Mindfulness

The class will briefly introduce Buddhist psychology and how it can be applied in psychotherapy, particularly utilizing the tenets of releasing attachment to outcomes and allowing the present moment to unfold with clients.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn the basic philosophy and orientation of zen Buddhism related to psychotherapy. Participants will also learn and practice some applied psychotherapeutic interventions and attitudes, and how they can be used with clients.

Untangling from Clients Using the Drama Triangle

The drama triangle is a very useful shorthand to staying out of client’s systems, both internal and external. Some common places where therapists become entangled with client processes: fees and time, having an agenda and counter-transferance, and systems (internal, couples, families and groups). Therapists can use the drama triangle as an indicator system to re-orient to internal ease and flow in the therapist seat.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. identify the parts of the drama triangle.
  2. gain experience energetically identifying the parts within themselves and the external, client situations that evoke them.
  3. identify strategies to bring themselves back into connection with themselves, modeling health and wellness for their clients.

Mindful Caregiving of Elders: Applying concepts from the book The Whole-Brained Child

Join us as we explore what caregiving of our elders can look like as we apply concepts from Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson’s The Whole-Brained Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind to facilitate a more mindful caregiving experience for all.
This content could be useful for therapists working with caregivers of elders as well as for therapists that are also caregivers themselves.

Learning Objectives:

During this gathering we will:

  • learn about 12 strategies Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson present in their book
  • apply these 12 strategies to the caregiving of elders
  • explore ways to turn these strategies into action to facilitate a more fulfilling and mindful caregiving experience.

*Note: It is not necessary to have read the book in advance.

To Fight or To Celebrate: Inviting Ownership and Differentiation while Working with Couples

Two main questions that my couple clients present me with are: “How do we stay connected and agree when we want different things?” and “How do we disagree and still stay connected when we want different things?”   In this workshop I will discuss some ways of inviting clients into connection to self and ownership while at the same time being available and open to connection with a partner.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn skills to invite clients in couples therapy into:

  1. refocusing from the other-blaming to self-ownership,
  2. self-soothing, and
  3. appreciation of individual differences.