with Emma Philbin Bowman
an online offering – free or by donation – at Emma’s school on Teachable
“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence.
We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”
This course was created as a free offering in response to our shared experience of lockdown: a time that has highlighted our needs and longings for one another; shedding light on what we are missing and what we find sustains us.
For many, this has led to rich but challenging reckonings about our lives with others. Being Human: the ways we need each other draws on Kohut’s understanding of self-object needs to offer a spacious, refreshing route to support our reflections.
The accessible course – suitable for therapists and clients – invites us to clarify the nature and quality of our interdependence, exploring – with a wonderful map from Kripalu’s Stephen Cope – six different types of relationship we need in order to thrive. When we sense the uniqueness and gifts of each, we deepen in understanding and empathy for ourselves and others.
Containment & Twinship
Adversity & Mirroring
Mystic Resonance & Conscious Partnership
This material is evocative and stirring, encouraging us to stay vividly alive and open; to celebrate our need for various others always; to deepen our perception and sensitivity, and continue to evolve and thrive across the arc of our lives.
About Me: In creating this course, I draw on both my work as a psychotherapist and facilitator, an immersion in meditative and relational spiritual practice, and an original degree in English and Philosophy. My approach is influenced by a life-long love of language and curiosity about the human condition.