3-hours small supervision groups on Saturdays in Oxford - with Morit Heitzler
In your practice, have you been confronted with clients who are …
- bursting into tears during treatment
- phoning you between sessions
- seeking an intimate relationship or friendship with you
- terminating resentfully, or …
- taking a long time to leave at the end of sessions ?
Have you ever felt …
- drained and invaded after sessions with particular clients,
- unclear about setting and maintaining boundaries
- unable to refuse clients’ requests or demands, or
- out of your depth in terms of the client’s reactions and behaviour ?
These situations, questions and conflicts are common amongst complementary practitioners. Most complementary therapy approaches are based on a holistic view of the person which recognises the interrelationship between body, emotions, mind and spirit. This view recognises that our body reflects our emotional state and vice versa. Whilst giving excellent tools for working energetically and physically, unfortunately most complementary trainings do not provide sufficient inputs regarding the emotional and psychological aspects of holistic work.
Touching the client’s body inevitably implies touching their feelings and soul. This can generate feelings of attachment between client and therapist which go beyond simple treatment. In order to understand and contain this layer of the therapeutic process, therapists need to be aware of the client’s inner world and have some insight into the unspoken dynamics evoked in the therapeutic relationship.
In supervision I will aim to address this layer of the therapeutic process and to explore some of the tools that will help complementary practitioners to contain the emotional dynamics which arise in their practice. Some of the issues that can be discussed and explored in supervision are:
• the therapeutic frame and contract: commitments, fees, times
• projection, transference, countertransference
• the therapeutic touch: difficulties around regressive and sexual dynamics
• how to end a process: separation, loss and completion
My supervision focuses on supporting the therapist’s established style and practice whilst enlarging their capacity to be present with their clients.
Future dates: 16 May 2015