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Join Our Friends at EHNW in Portland for a Lunch and Learn!
Facilitator: Carol Swanson, LCSW
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Time: 1pm-2:30pm, Pacific; Online by Zoom
Registration Fees: Free for EHNW Affiliate $10-Non-Affiliate
Presentation Host: Existential Humanistic NorthWest (EHNW in Portland)
We live in a world of fragile things: fragile selves, fragile psyches, fragile bodies. Yet even with this uncertainty and fragility, we are asked to approach our lives with tenacity, grace and wisdom. As existential humanistic therapists we encounter the uncertainty and complexity in our clinical work everyday. We are asked to suffer alongside our clients, and to help them increase their capacities for living, and hopefully for a more creative life. An important capacity we need as therapists and we can lend to our clients is knowing that life’s unpredictability exceeds our capacity to control it, that a degree of insecurity is an existential predicament and not a neurotic issue. In this presentation, and conversation I want to put forward how we may never be successful in cultivating a unitary and internally consistent self. I pose the question: How do we develop the acceptance and tolerance for a degree of instability in our lives?
Bio: Carol Swanson has been in private practice in Portland, OR for forty years. She co-founded the Portland Gestalt Therapy Training Institute and has trained therapists in the US, Europe and Australia. Her current interest is studying philosophical resources for clinical work.
She has authored several articles published for Gestalt journals. When not in the Zoom room you can find her in the garden, cycling, hiking, paddling her kayak or paddle board or camping.Existential-Humanistic Institute Northwest (EHNW).
Please Note: this event is not being hosted by EHI. Please contact EHNW about their events here: EHNW Contact Form.