Being an Emotionally Mindful Therapist
July 3-7, 2017
The capacity to be emotionally present has been shown to increase effectiveness both in life and the work we do with our therapy clients. It is also an essential aspect of self-care and well-being and a crucial buffer against burnout. Yet, many factors can thwart our ability to be emotionally present and attuned with ourselves and others. How can we more reliably make use of our feelings to enhance our lives and clinical work?
Drawing on current findings in the areas of affective neuroscience, attachment, and neuroplasticity, "Emotional Mindfulness" provides a framework and practice through which we can more readily connect with, understand, and make optimal use of our feelings. This workshop will illustrate how our emotional range becomes constricted, but how, through a proven process of mindfully connecting and working with our emotions, we can come more fully into the present moment, engage more deeply with others, and more readily affect growth, healing, and change with our clients. In a highly experiential format, you will have the opportunity and space to learn and practice strategies to sensitize yourself to your felt experience, regulate anxiety and distress, and increase your capacity for emotional presence. Throughout, we will pay special attention to strengthening our observational self thus increasing our ability to identify and manage emotional reactions and triggers, distinguish and shift our attention between self and other experience, and maintain an open, grounded presence. We will explore ways in which we can bring our authentic selves more fully into the therapeutic encounter that can enliven, deepen, and accelerate the process.
Through lecture, demonstration, meditations, and experiential exercises you will learn powerful techniques that can easily be integrated into your life and therapy practice. You will leave this workshop with a toolkit to help transform both your life and clinical work.
We will learn how to increase your ability to be present, engaged, and make purposeful use of your emotional experience in life and in your work with clients. We will practice and explore ways to recognize how you avoid or cut yourself off from the wisdom and power of your emotions. Skills to regulate anxiety and distress and navigate emotional experiencing will be examined. The use your felt experience to better understand clients, track the unfolding process of therapy, and guide interventions will be explored as well as how to strengthen your observational skills and ability to manage emotional triggers and reactions.
Cultivating Your Emotional Self
- The why, what, and how of emotional mindfulness.
- Recognizing, examining, and understanding the effects of your early experience on your internal emotional dynamics.
Increasing Awareness, Regulating Distress, and Emotional Experiencing
- Developing the skills of emotional mindfulness.
Cultivating Your Emotional Self in Session
- Recognizing and working with the ways in which your attachment history colors and affects your experience with clients.
Developing Your Observing Self
- Navigating emotional reactions and triggers.
Bringing Yourself More Fully into the Therapeutic Encounter
- Increasing your capacity for emotional expression and reception.
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