Dr. Angelo Ciliberti
PsyD, LPC, LAC, CGP
Individual & Group Psychotherapy
“Analytic interpretation is not designed to be understood, it is designed to make waves.”
- Jacques Lacan
My consultation approach reflects the relational perspective I hold as a therapist and group leader. This orientation foregrounds the therapist's subjectivity as the sense perception for unconscious communication. Through spontaneous interactions and their accompanying rhythms of enactment & reflection, therapist and client are able to work through patterned ways of feeling, thinking, and relating.
Inevitably, however, this process of unfoldment and discovery runs aground. Often these impasses hold as much emotional significance for the therapist as they do for the client or group. Consultation can be powerful resource for disentangling knots and reanimating treatment.
During a consultation session, mutual curiosity is brought to the full range of psychic activity (reverie, memory, feelings, sensations, wordplay, humor) in order to help reveal what might be obscured and challenge what is previously known.
Being a psychotherapist can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding professions - provided we have ongoing support for the complexity and emotional intensity it entails.
Also, I believe we are most effective as therapists when our approach reflects our unique and singular way of being. To this end, I believe consultation works best when used as a tuning fork for locating our personal, idiosyncratic voice.
In consultation, I will collaborate with you to understand the subtle dynamics of your cases and to explore what new dimensions might further animate the treatment. Contact me below if you would be interested in exploring this option further.
What is a Training Group?
A Training Group is a unique and highly effective form of personal and professional development. As therapists and mental health providers, our feelings (i.e. countertransference) are our instrument, providing essential information into the unspoken, preverbal life of our clients. Implicit information about their relational traumas and wounds are communicated through the feelings they stimulate within us. The wider the range of feelings we have access to, the more we are able to use them to deepen the therapeutic process.
To use our feelings skillfully, we need to continuously work on ourselves in two important ways. First, we need to fine tune our awareness of feelings as they come up in the moment. And, second, we need to find out more about the one we avoid feeling and sharing. These are often the feelings that were not permitted or allowed to be expressed in our own childhoods. In group, we have the opportunity to refine, revisit, and reclaim our emotional lives. As we do this, we become better able to help our clients do the same – offering them the chance to come alive in new ways.
Why A Group Format?
Beginning with our family, groups impact our sense of self and the world around us in powerful and enduring ways. From these early relationships, we learn which parts of ourselves can and cannot be included in our engagement with others. Without realizing it we often carry these patterns forward, unconsciously curating what we show others as well as ourselves.
Process groups offer a unique therapeutic & educational setting for both uncovering these historical messages and expanding our relational possibilities. As group members engage with each other, security is formed and new opportunities for insight and self-assertion become available.
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