“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?
We are born and raised in a group – our family – where we began to learn about who we are and what we can expect from others and the world. Group offers a unique opportunity to re-visit unhelpful, often painful lessons from childhood so we can work them through in new ways. The group process naturally stimulates these old, familiar ways of relating to ourselves and others. This gives us the chance to replace them with new, more nourishing relational experiences. These experiences, in turn, broaden our therapeutic capacity with our clients. Ultimately, group can be thought of as a forum for interpersonal learning as it creates a secure space within which to risk change and growth. Group works best when all of the members feel safe enough to share their feelings and experiences in an open, direct, and genuine manner.
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