People use metaphors to express through words or images, feeling which are too elaborate to explain otherwise. Our use of similes and metaphors in everyday language has somewhat become a norm; we know what we mean when we say “the cats out of the bag” or “I’m stuck”. Yet, when faced with a client who is unable to express his feelings or needs in a therapy space, we struggle to find common ground and feel we have nothing left to offer.
The word “metaphor” comes from the Greek meaning “transfer” or “to bring beyond”. It meant to express something that is “beyond” an immediate concrete or logical understanding and produce new openings on the imaginative and emotional dimension in a person’s inner world. In those moments of “stuck-ness”, metaphor can be a way back onto the path of exploration for a client who may feel like they have nowhere else to go.
This course will look at creative ways of engaging clients through feeling comfortable in accessing and utilising metaphors within the therapeutic space. It is not aimed at training professionals in metaphor therapy or creative arts therapy, but rather using that perspective to explore and develop ways in which to engage with symbols, stories and other metaphors the clients bring into the space.
- To gain increased knowledge on the use of metaphor in Psychotherapy
- Discuss the use of metaphor and its importance in the therapy process
- Consider the use of symbol and metaphorical language as a natural part of narratives and stories that our clients bring and validating their experience
- Recognising the archetypal parts which the client brings into the space and exploring those with the client to bring awareness to metaphor
- Exploring transference and counter-transference through metaphor
- Develop steps into utilising the use of metaphor in own practice
About the Speaker:
Weronika Kucharska, MA, HCPC, BADth Drama Psychotherapist is a qualified psychotherapist working predominantly in forensic and private practice settings with a Master’s degree in Dramatherapy. Weronika has worked with a range of client groups in educational settings, NHS hospitals, prisons, charities and currently in private practice, providing trauma-informed Dramatherapy interventions for individuals impacted by various difficulties. Her interest in trauma has led her to work in a youth offenders institute and young adult prison to raise awareness of trauma-informed practice to the staff directly working with young offenders.
She is also a founder and co-host of a new Dramatherapy Podcast called DTherapy Space where she brings awareness to the creative arts therapies and breaks down stigma surrounding their use. Her interest in Dramatherapy and Psychotherapy is rooted in working through the symbols and metaphors clients bring into the space. Weronika is a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).
All art images are reproduced with the kind permission of Patricia Fitzgerald of Healing Creations. https://www.healingcreations.ie/