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A therapist in therapy – minefields and goldmines

A therapist in therapy – minefields and goldmines

As a consumer of therapy, what do you do with feeling totally exposed in a first session – simply by the therapist’s way of being? How can you trust when the physical layout is not inviting but distancing? What if you feel criticised and judged; or worse, abused? All natural and perhaps frequent reactions but what if the therapist is unaware? Or aware and silent? Is it all grist for the mill to work through? Or unnecessary angst? What if the promise of a therapist is unrealised? How does a consumer of therapy begin the onerous task of seeking yet again? And again? What unrealistic expectations are brought into the next room? What damage are therapists doing without knowing? What good are they doing without knowing? Can they ever really know? These questions are explored in a personal and reluctant journey into therapy by a beginning therapist.

The minefields to be negotiated both as a consumer and provider of therapy are numerous. Every criticism of another therapist I encountered became a criticism for my own work as a therapist. With every therapist I saw, I felt more and more ‘wounded’. The minefield of knowing, and more importantly, not knowing, which cap I was wearing (client or therapist) – what damage was that doing to my own therapy? To my own clients? The goldmines that come with perseverance, awareness, pain, vulnerability and honesty in immersing self as client are also scrutinised. We have much to learn as consumers and from consumers.

Speakers: Gay McKinley

WCP 2011

Defining the concept of spirituality among Filipino counselors and clients.

The individual and the couple in the context of the perinatal experience. A dream or a nightmare?

"There is no such thing as marriage - merely two scapegoats sent out by their families to perpetuate themselves". Whittaker & Keith 1981. This presentation will explore the experience of Anxiety and Depression for both men and women, in the perinatal period. The perinatal period offers a unique opportunity to provide comprehensive care for parents diagnosed with perinatal Anxiety and/or Depression. There is significant evidence that the partner's risk for developing a related Anxiety or Depression, is increased from 4.8% to 36% at 6 weeks postnatally. 

The universality of infant-parent psychotherapy - a South African model

The birth of the democratic South Africa opened up the possibility of meeting with fellow citizens who had previously been kept apart.  Since 1995 a model of  infant-parent psychotherapy has been developed resulting in a mental health service which has come to be valued within the community.

Complex trauma: voices of healing

Within the context of the recent natural disasters occurring around the world, attention has been focussed on trauma's psychological consequences. The trauma spotlighted here is on that of childhood maltreatment and the effects on subsequent adult life. Described in this paper are experiences of recovery from patient perspectives, and an examination of how these are different from, and interact with, representations of therapy derived from published expert theoristpractitioner experience. It is based on a phenomenological study of reports from seven women with histories of chronic childhood maltreatment. These women have since been through significant recovery from dissociative symptoms, and it is this part of their journey that was the focus of this research. From the data, two models are proposed.

The Light In Darkness - Art-therapy, a powerful tool in Palliative Care!

Over the years, we as health care providers have proven that a good perinatal preparation, a good birthing process and a good postnatal care ensures the physical and mental well being of the newborn and his mother. A similar opportunity for quality outcome should be afforded at life`s final phase - preparation and a good 'gateway' for the dying person, as well as a good follow - up period of those left behind. A good death needs guidance to settle outstanding issues, to articulate values, beliefs and doubts and to live the remaining period of life in the fullest and most meaningful way. Early contact is pivotal to learn about our client and his life history. This time is needed to build our client`s trust, to endorse our commitment, and to collect the tools needed to guide him through the gateway and when taking his last breath. It is equally important to meet the immediate needs of his family and to develop the crucial trusting partnership that will ensure a good dying process for their loved one in setting of his choice, and a better acceptance of their loss. It is realistic to assume that people in the future will invest in their final time. 

Lateral violence and Indigenous peoples.

Lateral violence occurs when the violence associated with oppression is internalised by those who are oppressed, and redirected between the members of the oppressed group. Among Aboriginal and Torres

Clinical dream incubation and body

For 1000 years during the beginning of Western medicine (500 B.C. - 500 A.D.,) of the hundreds of medical treatments offered at the time, only dream-based medicine was ubiquitously practiced throughout