Self-relations therapy and generative trance
This one-day CPD course is open to both qualified and student hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and NLP master practitioners, and provides an introduction to the work of Stephen Gilligan, which can add an extra dimension and increased flexibility when working with your clients, as well as valuable skills for developing your own self-awareness.
Self-relations therapy has its roots in Jungian psychotherapy and is based on the ideas of Stephen Gilligan, who spent many years exploring and building on the legacy of Milton H. Erickson. Erickson viewed symptoms as 'naturalistic trance states', or communications from the unconscious, that could be deciphered and used to promote healthy change and healing, and he developed under the umbrella of hypnotherapy numerous communication techniques to enter into a dialogue between a person’s deepest self and their consciousness.
The modality of self-relations suggests that working with the inner self-relational process within a person is fundamental to their growth. Thus the therapeutic or helping relationship is devoted to opening up and expanding the depth and fluidity of the self-relational processes, and helping a person to experience these for themselves.
Gilligan's premise is that symptoms represent a sign of something trying to 'wake up' within a person, causing both visible and hidden conflict. He views a symptom as an expression of the need to accept some unique, unacknowledged aspect of self. Self-relations asserts that therapeutic work should always be centred on supporting this awakening process, allowing and helping it to grow, rather than undertaking specific 'techniques' to 'fix' or eradicate symptoms.
The key concept in self-relation therapy is sponsorship, whereby the therapist supports the client's self-learning process by holding a space open for the client to enter, explore, and test out their feelings, thoughts, and intentions, and feel trusted and safe to do so.
Carrying on the holistic self-awareness theme, the afternoon will be spent investigating more of Gilligan's work with what he terms 'generative trance'. His models and interventions offer different ways of assisting your client to connect with their 'creative unconscious' in order for them to access their own resources for positive change and transformation.
Course fee includes a course manual and light buffet lunch, together with morning and afternoon refreshments.
Our course abides by the code of ethics of the National Hypnotherapy Society.
We like to keep our courses small, and this course is limited to just five delegates; please book early to avoid disappointment.
Joanna Taylor is a UKCP Accredited Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, an Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist, an Approved Supervisor and an INLPTA Certified Trainer. She is a Fellow of the National Hypnotherapy Society and an international speaker. She has had a number of articles on stress and burnout published in dental and veterinary journals.