Friday, February 9, 2018
To Touch or Not to Touch
The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy with Monique Rodriguez, PhD, LPC
Is it ethical and appropriate to use touch in your therapy practice? We often struggle to support the use of touch when the needs of our clients are mixed with the concerns of adhering to the LPC Code of Ethics. While the essence of touch is really about communication, it’s possible that deciding not to touch can in fact impose limitations to the therapeutic relationship. So perhaps it is not a question of whether to use touch but of how and when to use touch. Join us for an experiential discussion and presentation as we explore the answer to this complex question.
Monique is a body-centered Gestalt psychotherapist and counselor educator in Austin. She owns Austin Embodied Therapy, a private practice where she specializes in working with addiction, long-term recovery, and adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma. Monique is a visiting faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and has presented internationally on topics in Gestalt and somatic approaches to psychotherapy. She teaches and supervises graduate level clinicians in working from an embodied approach to psychotherapy.
(note: 1.5 Ethics CEUs available for this event)
Friday, April 13, 2018
Descent into the Sacred Feminine
A Shamanic Frame for Growth and Transformation with Heather Davies, LCSW
There are times when the decision to enter or re-enter therapy is prompted by an unforeseen and/or unwanted life event that brings us to our knees in a great tectonic plate shift of the soul. The navigation of such territory often involves an underworld journey into the Sacred Feminine that is beyond or possibly pre-dates words. This unfamiliar journey often requires us to “see” with different eyes, “hear” with different ears and express through the language of the primal – the language of rhythm and movement and sound.
Come join us for an exploration of seven cross-cultural “spokes” of shamanic practice – the directions, the elements, movement, sound, animal energies, plant energies, and the ancestors – to taste in your very tissues the resources available there to help support this kind of depth journey in yourself and others!
Heather Davies is a clinician, artist, shamanic practitioner and dance/movement therapy alternate route student who weaves the gifts of these different lenses into the mind, heart, body and soul work she is privileged to do with both clients and consultees. From her connection to Celtic shamanism through her Welsh and Scottish lineages, flows a passion for helping others to reconnect with the sacred within themselves and the world around them as a contribution to the restoration of balance within the collective and the earth itself.
Friday May 11, 2018
Stories in the Body with Katy Swafford, PhD
Eidetic Images are visual pictures in the mind much like a video clip or holographic unfolding that reveals our story in a powerful dramatic experience. This image can move and change through maneuvers that remove stuck places and restore our original, healthy selves. Through an Eidetic image it is possible to experience yourself fully, to deal with problems and to reconnect with the person you were meant to be.
Katy Swafford, PhD is a psychologist who works with images rather than words. Her early training in Family Therapy gave her a strong understanding of systems theory and how important internal experience is in relationships. She has always been interested in physical aspects of psychology, which led her to study brain science and body oriented approaches. She was on the Board of Directors for the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy for over ten years and served two years as President. She is trained in several modalities of body psychotherapy but found a home in Eidetic Imagery.
Friday, June 8, 2018
How to be a Therapist in a Politically Diverse World with Adrian Lory, LPC
What does it mean to be a practitioner of the healing arts in a world of clashing politics? How can we be supportive in a way that honors both our desire to be empathic and our desire to uphold what’s right? In this workshop, we’ll explore the histories and relative strengths of a variety of political groups while observing our own emotional reactions. In doing so, we’ll see that a thoughtful engagement with political diversity is really an engagement with different ways of being human–a perspective shift that can lead us to greater personal serenity, more effective engagement in the world, and better results with clients.
Adrian Lory is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Austin. With a background in music, theater, and philosophy, and a special interest in the philosophy of psychotherapy, he has led therapist trainings, guest lectured at local universities, and is currently writing a book entitled Seven Stripes: On the Nature of Political Diversity.