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Existential Psychotherapy: Prioritising Experience over Theory
Together we will explore principles from the ‘British School’ of existential psychotherapy such as description rather than interpretation, treating all things are equal in sessions, and bracketing ‘knowledge’ claims in order to be open to the unfolding phenomenon of relating. We will explore this approach with an emphasis on the existential philosophy and Focusing practice of Eugene Gendlin. Focusing brings to therapy the primacy of embodied practice, listening and thinking from the body rather than from theories or techniques. We will explore questions such as ‘Can counsellors trust what they feel?’ ‘What is “the body”?’ ‘What is the value of “un-knowing”?’
The morning will be interactive, experiential and participatory. Brief moments of teaching will be interspersed with chances to practice what is being presented with the encouragement not to believe anything unless you can find it in your own experiencing. No PowerPoint.
Notes will be provided for you, some by email.
For participants who would like to prepare beforehand, please look at The Palpable in Existential Counselling Psychology, on Greg’s website:
with addiction dependencies and the 4th drive.
Davyd McNamara launched Just Say Know in 2002 and has since provided Drug & Alcohol Awareness training workshops, courses and consultation to a wide variety of service providers across East Sussex (including Action4Change, Addiction, Equinox, CRI, BHT, YMCA, cgl, Cranstoun, Brighton & Hove Adult Social Care, Grace Ayres & Sussex Counselling Services). Informed by an appreciation of the role and importance of altered states of consciousness in all human societies throughout history, the training seeks to offer a meaningful framework with which to actually understand drugs and drug taking behaviours rather than simply stigmatising and/or condemning them.
In seeking to step outside the current mad and bad, weak and wicked, any-use-as-abuse orthodoxy of prohibition (with its roots in cultural imperialism, historical revisionism, religious intolerance, racism, sexism and class bias, not in health, safety or science), the harm minimisation orientated training challenges a number of commonly held assumptions about addiction, and explores a range of approaches and perspectives that the evidence confirms as a more practically useful way of communicating to, understanding and working with people who use alcohol and drugs, as well as offering a range of experiential exercises for trainees to participate in.
With a background in art-based workshop provision, facilitating training groups and teaching, Davyd also has over sixteen years experience of working holistically with drug & alcohol users in a wide range of settings, including as lead facilitator on an out-patient alcohol detox/treatment programme from 2006-16. For the last two years, he has been delivering high-quality drug and alcohol awareness and harm minimisation training exclusively for Just Say Know.
Davyd has designed and written a drug information comic (1993) for young people, contributed to drug and alcohol harm minimisation manuals (2007), a resource pack for hostel workers (2009) and designed and developed a range of therapeutic tools for drug & alcohol treatment services in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex (2010-15). Davyd is an accredited trainer and has a Diploma in Substance Misuse Intervention Strategies (Dip SMIS).
When People’s Worst Fear Becomes Real
Numbers of those living beyond cancer treatment are increasing all the time. The expectation that this is good news can leave patients and families who feel shocked, even traumatised, after cancer treatment, in great need of psychological support. At the Macmillan Horizon Centre we provide this. Come along to find out about the Centre and what it’s like to be a therapist working with these clients.
Cath Morfett is the Psychological Therapy Service Manager, Macmillan Horizon Centre. Her approach will be interactive and informative – She'll use case histories, invite audience participation and bring in some theoretical ways of thinking about what cancer means to people.