This workshop will be a collaborative, educative and experiential workshop for psychotherapists.
My workshop on recovery from trauma is designed for experienced psychotherapists however whatever your experience we will have commonality in that we all survived at least one trauma namely receiving birth.
Consciously forming ground as a way of being in a relational experience will be at the core of this group experience.
Many members will be interested in an integrative relational written exercise re exploration of grieving that I learnt from Gianni Francesetti in 2010 and I’ve many times used it successfully. It’s an excellent key to unlocking deadness recovery from trauma.
On my own background for more than 7 years I am member of a supervision group and a personal development group both facilitated by the experienced psychotherapist Rob Tyson of the Manchester Gestalt Institute.
I am learning we all have unique experience and by gathering in a safe place this difference is of immense value to one another and to our clients.
In this workshop I will invite the group to focus on what we do know cognitively and theoretically about the subject. When we form as a working group, our own experiences of recovery and of our clients may emerge, in the present.
The use of creative technique of art may be possible so please bring art materials of your choice.
My intention is the exposition of my relational in the here and now approach, supported by the theoretical approach by James Kepner in his books particularly Healing Tasks (1996) and Body Process (1987) and Miriam Taylor’s Trauma Therapy (2014) and Zoe Londricks paper What Every Trauma Worker Should Know (2006). The latter covers five F’s in response to trauma namely fight/flight/freeze/flop/friend. This is well worth a read.
What we do in this group will emerge literally when we do the first round.
As with working with trauma who knows what will emerge in the group so our experience of creating a safe enduring self-support in the present will be our ground.
Some exploration of own process as we as some group supervision will depend on what emerges in this group.
I learnt with Jean Robine how to love this work with suffering because when suffering emerges there with the suffering emerges beauty in the form of felt experience of relief.
Id be excited if you bring your own experiences of theory and practice and benefit from hearing about the experiential relational work of Gestaltists Prof Gianni Francesetti working with depression and loss, and of Jean Robine on the experience of shame and of Marguerita Spanguolo Lobbs work on Borderline Personality Disorder. All the above along with US Prof Joe Melnick have been a strong influence on how I present and work.
I really hope if you’re interest is triggered by the above that we have this chance to work together.
My telephone number is 0877555680.
Jim Fitzgibbon was a soldier and he did a Bachelor of Science in Experimental Physics and Quantum Mechanics. In 1995, as a member of the European Union Monitoring Mission in former Yugoslavia, Jim was in captivity where he was officially missing, presumed dead.
Out of this experience of captivity and need for healing Jim went on to study psychotherapy with the Irish Gestalt Centre and continues his personal work every day and through workshops and personal work in groups. He has been practicing as a graduate psychotherapist since 2007 (MIAHIP) and has recently completed training and is working as an accredited psychotherapy supervisor (SIAHIP).
One testimonial by an IAHIP founder member says: “Jim has profound personal experience of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and has done excellent work on him-self. These depth experiences have supplied him with a deep understanding of human suffering. They have enriched him with vision and sensitivity, allowing him to help clients in trauma and supervisees with clients in trauma.”
Jim believes the power of presence helps in the transformation of experiences of peoples suffering into beauty.