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Theatre of the mind in psychotherapy
Fri 21 October 2016, 09:30 – 16:00 BST
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Donna Savery returns after two previous events where she shared practical and theoretic ideas on working generally with myth in therapy, and more specifically with the myth of Echo and Narcissus as a way of understanding and working with clients presenting with narcissistic, co-dependent, and what she calls Echoistic traits. In this interactive day she draws upon her background in theatre and invites participants to consider how working with key ideas and experiences found in theatre, the therapist can access and help the client to understand the theatre of their own mind, and its impact on their interactions with others and the drama of their own lives. For those who like a mixture of theoretical and experiential training this offers both. Donna works in a highly interactive way - using theory to explain the ideas that underpin her thinking. The aim is to provide experiential learning that will enable participants to gain insight into themselves and their approach to practice. Using a mixture of small group discussion, large group teaching and sharing, experiential group work, role play and written resources, she will ensure that all learning styles are catered for and that all participants leave with their own personal experience of the day.
Participants will gain an understanding of the ways the metaphors of theatre and dramatic space can be used in the service of clients. Their use will be illustrated in the development of an understanding of the psychic space of the client and their inner drama. Bion's theory of the container / contained will be used as a way of thinking about both theatrical situations and the external world.
About the event
The event will be of interest to therapists of any orientation, who have a curiosity to help their clients' explore their own inner worlds. This will enable them to take greater responsibility for their actions, acknowledge their existential choices and take agency in their own lives. The personal development aspect of the workshop will offer opportunities for therapists to engage with their own inner worlds, and will appeal to practitioners or students who wish to gain insight and reflexivity into their impact on clients. Those who like to work and think creatively will find opportunities to enrich their work through the exercises and theory employed in the workshop.
About the workshop leader
Donna Christina Savery is an Existential and Creative therapist. Her recent research into working with myth in existential relationship therapy was published in Emmy van Deurzen’s book ‘Existential perspectives on relationship therapy’ (van Deurzen, 2013). She formerly worked as a theatre director and academic and brings these elements to her work as part of her drive for authentic co-creative therapeutic relationships. She has a private practice in Buckinghamshire as well as a busy practice in London W1. Donna is also a group therapist, researcher and is currently undergoing training in Group Analysis. She is writing a book on ‘ Echo and Narcissus – Relationship Dynamics in Existential Therapy' and most recently presented her research on 'Echoism' at the SEA conference 2014.