This is a big question. In psychodynamic therapy, a client and a therapist sit together, and have a conversation. They talk about whatever is on the mind of the client, and sometimes, what is on the mind of the therapist if that can be helpful to the client. The client talks about his or her concerns, worries and issues. With the attention and concern of both the therapist and the client, talking about the issues helps to clarify, ameliorate, and transform them into a life affirming resource. This conversation takes place an hour at a time, weekly or biweekly or whatever is helpful, so there is continuity, a rhythm of reflection, insight, understanding and working through.
Another aspect of psychotherapy today is the inclusion of the body; sensation, emotion, memory, in the talking through, incorporating what we are now discovering about neuroplasticity. Working collaboratively and mindfully, the therapist and client create tools and resources that are particular to that person, and that can be internalised, carried away from the therapy office and used in all areas of life, work, art, relationships. And because the therapy itself is a relationship, the communication skills developed in the safety of the therapy room can be taken into the outer world of friends and family, partners and co-workers.
Resilience and Abuse in Arts Training
April 18, 2018
Dr. Ashley Stirling and Dr. Beth McCharles team up to deliver this double bill on the delicate task of training young performers to fulfill their potential. Join us for two presentations and a Q&A. Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones and Words Can Really Hurt Me: Abusive Coaching in Sport and ...