As a therapist, have you ever struggled valiantly, but hopelessly against the entrenched resistance of a client who says they are desperate to change, but are actually digging their heels in at every turn, reacting with “yes, but …” to each and every suggestion?
These kinds of situations can often leave you with the sense that you are much more invested in their self-actualisation than they are, and that your therapeutic efforts on their behalf are somewhat like Sisyphos pushing the boulder uphill.
Approach/issue: Group therapy
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Allan Frater is one of the trainers at the Psychosynthesis Trust, with a particular interest in imagination and ecopsychology. Over the past couple of years, he has been running a series of workshops for therapists, counsellors and coaches that have developed a theme he calls, ‘wild imagination’. The interview caught up with Allan as he prepared for his forthcoming workshop, ‘Metaphors from the Edge of Chaos’, which runs at the Trust May 12th and 13th.
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