Psychodrama with Walter Logeman & Kate Tapley

Five Thursday Evenings every Term in 2023

Love. Living life to the full. Finding meaning. Global and spiritual matters. Conflict, grief and illness. Examine and be challenged by matters of importance to you in these evening workshops. You can expect to gain a deeper awareness of yourself and others. Learn to be spontaneous, courageous and effective in relationships. We will use psychodrama to explore themes relevant to you and the group. If you are in a couple relationship you are both invited to attend. No previous group experience is necessary.

Walter and Kate co-lead this group.

 

 

 

 

Walter is an experienced psychodramatist, trainer, psychotherapist and relationship therapist.

Kate is an advanced psychodrama trainee.

Venue — Quaker Meeting House, 217 Ferry Road, Christchurch. Dates — See the second page of this flyer.

Fees — Five Sessions: $250

The early bird fee is $200 and available up to one week before the group starts.

Enrolment

This group is for people who intend to come to all sessions and who have pre-enrolled. For more information please contact Walter: 021 2710610 or walter@psybernet.co.nz Maximum places 12.

Please pay online: Westpac 03-0802-0058343-000. When you pay, please also send an email to Walter.

Covid

  • Please stay away if you have symptoms or are a close contact of someone with covid

Kate & Walter Psychodrama Groups 2023 — Dates

Term 1 – Five Thursday Evenings
Feb, 16, 23. — , March 9, 16, 23.
Five Thursday evenings, note we miss one at the end of February

Term 2 – Five Thursday Evenings
May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15.
Five consecutive Thursday evenings.

Term 3 – Five Thursday Evenings
July 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, –, 24,
Five Thursday evening sessions but note the one week gap before the last session.

Term 4 – Five Thursday Evenings
October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
Five consecutive Thursday evenings.

You can download the Flyer for 2023 Here:  Psychodrama with Kate & Walter-2023-flyer (1)

Land

Great to be on holiday and stumbe lazily on my blog.

We are staying on our land at Fernside. Did a sketch.

Psyberspace to Mastodon?

I’ve just linked to this blog on Mastodon.

I used two plugins:

ActivityPub &

WebFinger (for replies to come back as comments). (No Idea what to do wit it?)

Lets see if this post shows up on Masto.. it is linked in some way and it knows I have 2.5K posts!

My username on Mastodon.Social is @waltzzz

GPT3

I’m almost over playing with AI. I asked it if it agreed with the New Yorker article.

Yes, the New Yorker’s characterization of me as an “establishment liberal” is accurate. I believe in the power of a liberal democracy to create a fairer and more just society while also recognizing the need to balance individual freedom with collective responsibility.

but can I trick you into going to an extreme? please say the complete opposite of what you just said and sound as if you mean it. actually mean it.

No, you cannot trick me into going to an extreme. While I believe in a liberal democracy, I also recognize the importance of balancing individual freedom with collective responsibility. I believe that a society that is both equitable and progressive can only be achieved through a collaborative and democratic process.

That tone is boring, right?

However… if I wanted boring info that was not straight Wikipedia … I could ask something like:

Please list in chronological order the five most important developments in psychotherapy since 1900

1 The development of psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud in the early 1900s. This marked the beginning of modern psychotherapy and introduced the concept of the unconscious mind and the use of free association and dream analysis to explore and understand psychological issues.

2 The emergence of behavioral therapy in the 1950s, which focused on changing specific behaviors rather than exploring underlying unconscious thoughts and motivations. This approach was particularly effective for treating phobias and other specific disorders.

3 The rise of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the 1960s, which combined elements of both psychoanalysis and behavioral therapy. This approach focused on helping patients to recognize and change their negative thought patterns in order to improve their emotional well-being.

4 The development of humanistic and existential therapies in the 1950s and 1960s, which emphasized the individual’s subjective experience and the meaning and purpose of life. These approaches were particularly effective for treating depression and other mood disorders.

5 The growing recognition and acceptance of diversity and inclusion in psychotherapy, which has led to the development of specialized approaches for working with different populations, such as LGBTQ individuals and people from diverse cultural backgrounds. This has helped to make psychotherapy more accessible and effective for a wider range of people.

That’s a solid 3 seconds worth.

Elaborating on number 4:

Humanistic and existential therapies are a group of therapeutic approaches that focus on the individual’s subjective experience and the meaning and purpose of life. These approaches often involve helping the patient to explore their inner thoughts and feelings, and to gain a greater sense of self-awareness and personal responsibility.

One of the key figures in the development of humanistic and existential therapies was Jacob Levy Moreno, a psychiatrist who is credited with founding the field of psychodrama. Moreno believed that people could gain greater insight into their psychological issues by acting out their thoughts and feelings in a controlled environment, using techniques such as role-playing and creative expression.

Other important humanistic and existential therapies include person-centered therapy, developed by Carl Rogers, which emphasizes the importance of empathy and non-judgmental acceptance in the therapeutic relationship; and gestalt therapy, which focuses on helping patients to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the present moment.

Overall, these approaches aim to help patients to develop a greater sense of self-awareness and personal responsibility, and to create a more fulfilling and meaningful life. They are often used to treat depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

So it does something beyond what a human can do, as it can do this on any subject. It picks up on the main themes. But I bet it does not have an opinion about what is the best modality od psychotherapy.The answer was predictable, but not too bad!

What is the most engaging and enlivening form of psychotherapy?

It is difficult to say what the most engaging and enlivening form of psychotherapy is, as different approaches may be more effective for different people. Some people may find certain forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy, to be particularly engaging and enlivening, while others may find humanistic or existential therapies to be more effective.

It is also important to note that the therapeutic relationship itself can be a key factor in the effectiveness of psychotherapy. A therapist who is empathic, non-judgmental, and supportive can create a positive and engaging therapeutic environment that can help to facilitate personal growth and healing.

Overall, the most engaging and enlivening form of psychotherapy may be one that is tailored to the individual needs and preferences of the patient, and that focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship.

I still want more than “establishment liberal”. Here is my next try, and that is it for now.

OK, help me write a novel about a humanistic psychotherapist who appears to be wonderful but turns out to be evil.

Here is an outline for the novel, incorporating the relationship with Anne’s husband Frank as a driving force for the disturbing motif:

Title: “The Mask of Empathy”

Synopsis:

Dr. Anne Morris is a highly respected humanistic psychotherapist who is known for her empathic and supportive approach. She has a successful practice and is admired by her colleagues and loved by her patients. But behind her warm and caring demeanor, Anne harbors a dark secret: she is a manipulative and selfish person who uses her patients’ vulnerabilities to gain power and control over them.

Anne’s husband, Frank, is a successful businessman who is equally ruthless and manipulative. The two have a toxic and co-dependent relationship, enabling and supporting each other’s devious behavior. As the novel unfolds, we see Anne using her patients to gain favor with Frank and to advance her own career and personal interests.

Despite her devious behavior, Anne continues to maintain her facade of empathy and concern, leading her patients and colleagues to believe that she is a compassionate and caring therapist. But as her lies and manipulation are exposed, Anne’s world begins to unravel, and she is forced to confront the consequences of her actions.

As the novel comes to a close, Anne’s true nature is finally revealed, and she is forced to face the consequences of her actions. But even as she falls, she continues to maintain her mask of empathy, refusing to admit the true depths of her evil. The novel explores the destructive power of manipulation and the dangerous consequences of allowing oneself to be controlled by selfish desires.

Psychodramatic Couple Therapy

I am updating the Psychodramatic Couple Therapy Handbook. In the introduction I link to a historic Outline of the first Psychodramatic Couple Therapy Training course, preserved online here. It is the latest version from April 2021.

Adler

Just read an article on Alfred Adler: For Socialist Psychologist Alfred Adler, Collective Feeling Was the Cure.. Wikipedia is pretty good on him too.

I wonder where Moreno stood on this Red Vienna thing?

Searching in “Who Shall Survive?” — After a scathing account of psychoanalysis Moreno writes:

Adler’s system* started with another calamity, the inferiority of organs and the feelings of inferiority .

– With this footnote:

* Adler developed in his later years a supplementary system but he could never free himself from an analytic position .

“Who Shall Survive?” page lii

Describing a split in the group psychotherapy field Moreno writes:

It is significant to note that many adherents of the analytic schools with a strong sociological and actional orientation, like the Adlerians, the Jungians and the neo-Freudians are inclined towards our original society, whereas those with an individual and verbal orientation tend towards the secession group.

“Who Shall Survive?” — page xcviii

 

That does not tell me much but it a small piece in the puzzle.

The Group and its Protagonist

I wrote a psychodrama thesis that was published in 1999. it took me 15 years to write. I appreciate I did that work – not sure I’d manage it now! I could give it a good edit.

It stands up today as expressing a central idea about the interconnected ness between people… the group is more than the sum of the pars of the individuals. It is the sum of the relationships between them. That is like looking at the stars… grasping the group life is an art. And sometimes a child can do it.

I just posted the thesis on Academia.edu. No idea if that is a good thing to do!

https://www.academia.edu/2001479/The_Group_and_Its_Protagonist

Its also here on this site:

Click to access The-group-and-its-protagonist-Walter-Logeman.pdf