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Essays is composed of of my writings, academic and otherwise, that I am choosing to share.  These include assignments from my training (now many years ago) at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) towards my MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy; other material comes from workshop material and notes; there are also poetic expressions - poetry; other writings appear here that might otherwise have been in the Scribbles page - which is public.

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Research, comprises material that has related interest to the variety of topic I have, or am, exploring.  Much is material that gets posted into my inbox, and where possible I will include a link to the source.

Articles, includes the numerous journal and website material that has come my way and sparked enough interest for me to download or otherwise hold on to.  Some 'articles' may be a complete journal issue - and this applies to UKAPI (UK Assocaition for Psychotherapy Integration).  UKAPI is no longer active and all their journals are now publicly available.

Book Notes, which focus on material from theory books (mostly Kindle copies) that hopefully provide a coherent précis of the subject matter using the actual text.  The text represents quotes from the original source book and are suitable for (academic) referencing using the appropriate page or kindle location reference.

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Essays

Touch in Therapy

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In this workshop, my intention is to provide an opportunity to explore what touch evokes.  As the starting point of our own experience and thoughts about touch there is some guided experiments for how touch may be described and utilised in the therapy room.

Consider that touching elicits a sensation, a feeling, for both the one touching and the one touched.  How is this sensation experienced by each?  Already I am looking at the action of touching and being touched between person and person; because touching a chair, for example, does not illicit an experience between person and object in that the object does not experience the touch, the touch is not reciprocated.

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2 Aug 2021

The Role of Touch

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Touch has a greater significance in the therapeutic process than most other actions in that its use remains controversial and often approached with caution. My intention is to evaluate the role of touch in the context of the clients process through a case example. In this I acknowledge much may be done without touch however I intend to point out how powerful and restorative the intervention with touch can be.

As part of the use of touch I will draw attention to the need to consider mind and body as one and how this provides for addressing somatised experiences in the context of the Gestalt cycle of contact, and associated interruptions.

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2 Aug 2021

Self is Discovered at The Contact Boundary

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The Self is discovered at the Contact Boundary.

Discuss with reference to your personal experience on the programme.

Discovery suggests finding something that already exists. Something that is available to be found. With this state of already being come the possibilities of already being active, dynamic, at rest, etc. As such this something may already be affective. Furthermore, existing but not being discovered does not preclude this something being experienced.

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2 Aug 2021

Therapeutic Practice

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Proximity,  Disclosure,  Ending,  Appreciation

This workshop came out of requests to include various aspects of therapeutic practice, particularly disclosure.  Allowing myself to freefall from these requests led to the arrival of four aspects of this workshop.  I did not overly consider how they might interrelate, if at all, beyond being aspects of the therapy relationship.  In the composition of these ‘emerging thoughts’ I was considering the habitual dimensions of my work, or what I would like to think the possible habitual dimensions.  One pleasing aspect of these essays and workshops is how they prompt a freshness in my thoughts and my work; I am better off in my work through these activities – well, that’s continuing professional development for you!

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16 Jul 2021

The Function of Aggression in Therapy

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The rationale for this has come out of repeated experiences with clients being accused of aggression.  I believe the client has not intended to hurt or scare; to be angry or aggressive.  So what is going on?

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16 Jul 2021

Suicide and Therapy Essay

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Behind every suicide is an untold story of intolerable isolation.  In front of every suicide is a sense of desolation,grief,and helplessness shrouded in shame.

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16 Jul 2021

Sand Tray in Therapy

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The use of the sand tray is, generally, a powerful tool of exploration with a client.  The sand tray is used with both adults and children in therapy  The use of the sand tray as a medium of exploration provides the client an opportunity for expression that bypasses any requirement to speak, explain, or justify (though this might remain an internal dialogue for the client).

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16 Jul 2021

Roots Identity Personality

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My invitation is for you to share an exploration of roots, with an apprehensive excitement to Play, with abandonment of roots and with attachment of routes. Where do we dig in our heels and what for us heals? Roots inform and contextualise our Past - what Was, our Present - what Is, and Future – What (is to) Be: Our “There and Then” to our “Here and Now” with our “Where and What”.

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16 Jul 2021

Resistance to Change: the ah but moments

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At this point the importance of the ‘contact cycle’ is to highlight the process of contacting requires the formation of some-thing and the destruction of some-thing to enable contact.

‘ah-but’ is, at least, a hiccup in the figure formation of contact, at most, it prevents the contact.

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16 Jul 2021

Imagery and Creative Work in Therapy

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The power of imagery and creative work in therapy is that it provides a route that can bypass a client’s constructed thoughts and behaviours that limit or deny their felt experience.
The danger of imagery and creative work in therapy is that it provides a route that can bypass a client’s resistance to explore thoughts, behaviours and feelings.

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16 Jul 2021

Intimacy and Love in Therapy

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As humanistic counsellors we seek to foster ‘intimate’ relationships with our clients because we believe that that is the vehicle that can enable therapeutic change for our clients.  ‘Confidentiality, and therefore privacy, is an implicit part of the encounter, as is a level of intimacy that sometimes reaches, if not exceeds, that of parent and child or husband and wife. We are privy to the secrets the client is barely willing to share with himself.’ (Kottler, 1993, p. 3)

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16 Jul 2021

Exploring the Client's Words in Therapy

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The client brings to therapy their entire being of thoughts behaviours, emotions, and body. Various therapies are offered that focus the work through a particular mode of being, for example, thought or behaviour or emotion or body. All such therapies incorporate attention to the entire being of the client to one degree or another and the interrelating is mostly through the medium of speech; talking, as in, talking therapies. 

In this essay the focus is on the client’s talking. The purpose is to expand the client’s awareness of their talking, of their language, and move to speech that embodies the experience in the speech. Ordinarily, talking is at a habitual level and not often moves to talking that is between and with the other. Through the separation of this everyday speech, so often neurotic in structure, and a move to speech that is connected in heart and mind the client begins to experience meaningful dialogue and connectedness in the present moment.

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16 Jul 2021

Value Of Research PGCert and Emerging Thoughts

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To explore the importance of research for Gestalt Psychotherapy requires to first providing an understanding of what Gestalt Psychotherapy is and secondly to understanding the meaning, type and purpose of research. In the context, then, of Gestalt and Research I will explore the importance for theory and practice and in so doing reflect on the ethical issues attached to this.

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