As therapists we are our own best instrument (Polster & Polster, 1994). No matter what our modality, we are taught about the importance of establishing a working alliance, and building relationships with clients which are based on being real and authentic.
Being authentic is a decision, a commitment to the other. Bringing our whole self into the space, the moment, the flow of information and energy in relational dialogue with our clients, is the foundation of, and the catalyst for, healing contact and connection.
Right Here Right Now is a workshop designed to support therapists to explore and experience the art and practice of flowing between conscious awareness, and structured processing that normally takes place outside our conscious awareness. It is a practical exploration of the processes which Dan Siegel describes as ‘The Neurobiology of We’ (2011).
Right Here Right Now uses the tools and techniques of Applied Improv to access that awareness. Applied Improv is a fast, powerful and fun way to get in touch with what it feels like to experience and work with your presence in contact with others. As you play and learn, you start to notice the “we” and the “between” of relational dialogue energy and information flow. You become aware of how and why we do/don’t mobilise our whole entire neuronal network; how we notice and stay‑with/deflect‑from gut feeling, ‘hunches’, ‘fantasies’ and flashes of insight that can be astounding in their accuracy.
… our improvisations can be, and often are, about matters of life and death.
For therapists – as with all improv performers – being authentic and real with others involves all our senses, cognition and emotions. Unlike theatre, music, dance and comedy improvisers, our improvisations can be, and often are, about matters of life and death.