Dialogic Couples Work

By making aware dialogue central to couple work each partner can realise the impact of unfinished business in the here and now of the session, and as such learn to support one another toward a better connection.

The Imago approach, developed by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, works beautifully with dialogue. Some basic aspects of Imago will be examined during this workshop along with several Gestalt concepts.

Workshop details

  • Workshop: Dialogic Couples Work
  • Date: TBA
  • Cost: £60 (concessions available for previous workshop attendees and those on low incomes)
  • Venue: Friends Meetinghouse, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT

Gestalt therapy is interested in the quality of contact between partners, and between partners and the therapist, in couples relationship. We tend to bring unresolved and unfinished aspects of our past experiences of relationships into our present connections, especially those that emerged in our primary relationships with caregivers.

When our buttons are pressed by those we are in relationship with, it is common that partners stop truly listening and can instead habitually fall into defensive patterns, which tends to reinforce stuckness. Through the use of awareness and experiment, partners can become more noticing of old repeating patterns and habits that contribute to stuck situations (impasses) in relationships.

A therapeutic situation can be regarded as an experiment in that what emerges cannot always be predictable; by trying new things out in the safety of the sessions more fulfilling and satisfying ways of relating can emerge.

This is a one-day CPD workshop suitable for humanistic counsellors and trainees. Participants from other approaches are also welcome.

My workshops are experiential, which means that I want participants to actually experience the Gestalt therapy approach rather than just being provided with intellectual information. Gestalt therapy is primarily non-verbal and as such I aim for workshops to give participants a real feel for this approach.

Please note: Participants have choice throughout in relation to taking part in exercises and experiments. Handouts and CPD attendance certificates are supplied. Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be provided. Lunch is not included but there are many eating places nearby. There is disabled access to this venue.

Booking policy: I don’t require a deposit, just a commitment that you will attend. You pay in full on the day by cheque or cash. This avoids the hassle of sending payment through the post. However, if you reserve a place and then cancel within a week before the workshop I would want you to pay a cancellation fee of £20. And if you don’t attend on the day of the workshop the full amount is payable.

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