PRESENCE

November 02, 2013 - November 02, 2013

Freud stressed the importance that the therapist maintains an “evenly suspended attention” turning his/her own unconscious receptively towards the unconscious of the patient. The therapist, he wrote, “must adjust …to the client as a telephone receiver is adjusted to the transmitting microphone”. The humanistic tradition, and Rogers in particular, similarly emphasized presence as crucial to therapeutic change, as a factor a great deal more important than the acquisition of academic knowledge or the mastery of a particular set of skills. The workshop is designed for experienced counselors or psychotherapists, as well as those still in training, who would like to learn how to develop and enhance in their work. This workshop is also open to other professionals for whom presence is important. Developing therapeutic presence enhances the well-being of the therapist, makes the practitioner more attuned and receptive, increases spontaneity and creativity in the therapy room. We will use a mixture of theory, Zen meditation, dyad and group experiential work and exercises. Manu Bazzano, UKCP, MBACP, is a psychotherapist, supervisor and lecturer at Roehampton University. He practices meditation since 1980 and in 2004 was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in the Soto and Rinzai traditions. His latest book is Spectre of the Stranger: towards a Phenomenology of Hospitality www.manubazzano.com