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The Fruits of Coherent Companionship: Shared Stories and Gifts from the “Pilgrim” Roads

The Fruits of Coherent Companionship: Shared Stories and Gifts from the “Pilgrim” Roads

In a conversation around soul, a proposition was offered by a young Australian writer: “Art is proof of the passion of the soul, but kindness is proof of its integrity” (Jessica McLean, 2018). 

This talk will explore this notion by applying the Conversational Model approach, a theory attempting to integrate aspects of neuroscience, developmental psychology and linguistics within a psychodynamic frame, to case material. 

The hypothesis is that relationship, here a psychotherapy, can sometimes foster the development of soul/psyche as seen in growing creativity, compassion and kindness.  Perhaps these can be seen as fruits of developing coherence and posttraumatic growth. 

Here the demonstration will involve drawing on material across different levels ofpersonal and interpersonal organization: linguistic, somatic behavioural, relational using material derived from acute, brief and long term psychotherapy settings.  At times these capacities blossom in more than one, and are seen in therapist, patient, team, including supervisor. This will link with prior work proposing that the shared journeys of psychotherapeutic conversations can be likened to pilgrimages – journeys of special purpose with companions- that foster growth in us as individuals, dyadsand communities of care.