I Love You, You’re Perfect, Don’t Change

A Series of Three Workshops that Dive Deep into the Radical Paradox of Change in Gestalt Therapy

You Are Enough, Now What?: Beyond Presence and Present Moment

with Marie Cacao and Brad Larsen Sanchez

Friday, December 7th & Saturday, December 8th 9-5

This workshop focuses on deepening awareness and practice of working from a place of being enough with our clients/patients. When we experience the pressure or fear of “needing to do more” often that is an indicator of not trusting ourselves and what we bring into the therapeutic relationship as being enough. This pressure to do/be more often comes from not having awareness of, and connection to, ourselves, as embodying the most useful tool we can use; our capacity for noticing what is happening in us (in relation to the client) and what we notice happening with the client/patient (affect, body positioning). In this workshop we will have opportunities to experientially practice staying with what is and noticing the difference between being present (bringing myself as clinician into the room) and experiencing presence (being in relational connection with the client/patient). The remarkable gift of this practice lies in the relief for the clinician from having to be the “doer” and the vibrant relationship that develops with the client as we offer them support for being more fully alive.

When:  Friday, December 7th & Saturday, December 8th 9-5

Where: Portland Mental Health & Wellness, 3050 SE Division St., Ste 225, Portland, OR 97202

Cost:  $240.00 – 10% Discount for all 3

Student Rate: $185

12 CE Credit Hours – A certificate will be awarded upon completion of this workshop.

Relational Psychotherapy and the Erotic Field

with Adam Kincel & Brad Larsen Sanchez

Friday, March 22nd & Saturday, March 23rd, 9-5

Erotic energy is associated with vitality, growth and creativity. It holds relational patterns of engagement with others and can relate to trauma and difficulty. Attending to the erotic field, therapists need to consider these traumas but also societal concerns and prejudices that become embedded in our bodies.

Some questions we may ask when working with clients and the erotic field include: how do we even start a discussion on erotic energy in the therapeutic context? What is appropriate? What kind of language should we use? Can we be authentic and what does it mean to be authentic when acknowledging erotic energy? These and similar questions are grounded in clinical considerations as well as embodied prejudices.

We are born into genderism, homophobia and cultural and religious repression of sexuality, and these shape our lives. The societal pressures to fix gender and sexual orientation have had a direct impact on how we are embodied. Relatedly, ideas about what healthy sexuality means have created fixed ways of understanding and discussing eroticism in psychotherapy.

Transference in a relational approach includes the therapist as an agent in the creation of all feelings in the room that includes erotic feelings. Thus, eroticism in the therapy room challenges the therapists to explore their sexuality beyond fixed sexual choices and preferences.

Through the use of spatial experiments, therapeutic work, case studies and presentations, we will jointly consider the question: How do we explore the intimacy of co-created erotic field with our clients in a prejudiced society?

All presented research outcomes are based on the doctoral thesis examining the relationship between Gestalt therapy, sexuality and masculinity through autoethnographic methodology.

When:  Friday, March 22nd & Saturday, March 23rd,  9-5

Where: Portland Mental Health & Wellness, 3050 SE Division St., Ste 225, Portland, OR 97202

Cost:  $240.00 – 10% Discount for All 3

Student Rate: $185

12 CE Credit Hours – A certificate will be awarded upon completion of this workshop.

Radically Staying with What is: A Paradoxical Approach to Change with our Patients/Clients

with Marie Cacao and Brad Larsen Sanchez

Friday, May 3rd & Saturday, May 4th, 9-5

We continue the exploration of the self as enough ideology, with an emphasis on experiential and embodied learning.  We can make useful meaning of the impulse to pursue change. We will experiment with how the Paradoxical Nature of Change can support us to be with what is for our patients/clients rather than pursue clinical change. The paradox lies in the experiential sense of change that unfolds when we stay with what is. This workshop will shift focus from clinician being enough to being in relationship with our clients/patients in a manner that allows for both to be moved, energized, and grow.

When:  Friday, May 3rd & Saturday, May 4th,  9-5

Where: Portland Mental Health & Wellness, 3050 SE Division St., Ste 225, Portland, OR 97202

Cost:  $240.00

10% Discount for All 3

Student Rate: $185

12 CE Credit Hours – A certificate will be awarded upon completion of this workshop.