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Andrew Austin is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary trainers, therapists and authors I have ever met. His Metaphors of Movement training has profoundly influenced the way I work with clients, and you have an opportunity to learn from Andrew himself on his next workshop in Mossley, Greater Manchester, on 26-29 March 2015. For full details or to book your place visit the Metaphors of Movement training page.
I have studied therapeutic use of metaphor and have been practising a range of metaphor-based approaches, including Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling, stories and metaphors of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, Sandplay Therapy and other creative therapies, over many years. Learning about Metaphors of Movement with Andrew has opened completely new doors for my own self-development as well as for my psychotherapy practice.
Part 1. Metaphors of Movement and Motion
- Knowing where you stand – the starting point
- The structure of the personal story
- The 4 primary strategies of metaphorical movement: Which primary strategy do you rely on? What are your other choices?
- Discover your physical/physiological metaphors
- The 4 basic elements necessary for a successful metaphor.
- The use of direct and deliberate content imposition in therapy
- Neurology: direct communication with the non-dominant hemisphere
Part 2. Metaphors of Emotion and Container Metaphors
- Noticing restraint and inhibition to movement
- How to elicit tiny details of a metaphor in order to expand the metaphorical experience
- The burden of guilt and carrying baggage from the past
- Container metaphors and boundaries
- Growing up–how and when is this a useful strategy?
Part 3. Emotional Injury and Relationships
- Emotional injuries and healing
- Creating the ideal conditions for healing
- Status and social positioning
- Analogical change and Digital change in therapy
- Psychodrama and therapeutic enactment of the metaphor
- Working with common problems such as anger, anxiety, and panic attacks
Part 4. Therapy, symbolism and dreams
- Self hypnosis, sleep and dream work
- The role of etymology in metaphor creation
- Ericksonian work, metaphors & story telling
- The structure of the metaphorical journey