- What it means to be prepared (from the therapist’s and couple’s perspectives) so the couple feels like they’re getting the most out of their time with you
- 3 ways to start a session so you’re set up for successful experiential work
- Description of how to set up a successful appreciation so you can steer clear of finger pointing in the first few minutes
- Exercises for starting your session to set the foundation for experiential work
Gestalt 2-chair work
Most couples who come into therapy think the problem is between them. However, the reality is that most people have internal dilemmas, stuck places, and impasses. When you can help them locate the impasse within themselves, you’re guiding the process. That can be so much less wearing on you. And when you can get each person back into the part of them that wants a better marriage, your work will be longer lasting.
You’ll hear an incredible story about intrapsychic work done in the front seat of a parked car. Being exposed to different variations of 2-chair work can start to open up creative ways for you to use the environment your clients have. This can help give you the confidence even when you don’t feel like you have “the perfect place” or “the perfect chair.”
You’ll also discover how to…
- Have clients experience rather than talk about the problem. If you can get a couple to experience what they're unhappy about instead of talking about it, you’ll facilitate a deeper transformation.
- Slow down so you’re working exactly at a pace the client can manage
- Have a client describe what they’re seeing and get curious about what they’re noticing
- Process what they’ve done
- Create a natural transition to help them take the experience with them
You don’t need to have had experiential or chair training to come to the webinar. Anyone familiar with parts work, Gestalt work, or anyone who has any kind of appreciation of ambivalence will get actionable tools from this webinar.
There is real potential for therapists to work more experientially with couples online. And having creative adaptations to what you offer is enormously helpful when you’re working with couples who otherwise get you stuck. This is the first webinar of its kind that harnesses the creative possibilities of online therapy with experiential work.
There’s an urgent scarcity of well trained couples therapists and a huge demand for online work. That’s why we’ve made this webinar accessible for therapists who want to get comfortable with experiential work, or for therapists already doing it but who want to be more effective.