The present moment holds the key to all our possible futures, with the future being built through all of our moment by moment choices. It is easy to lose sight of this fundamental truth in our busy workaday world. The implicitly learned, unconsciously held assumptions about ourselves and how the world works can so easily sneak into the present moment and color our view of the world. We can get stuck in limiting patterns, unable to see past despair, resentment, disappointment or overwhelm. As therapists and healers, it is crucial that we are able to see past these limiting frameworks in ourselves and our clients. When we are able to land fully in the here and now, we can see the limiting patterns for what they are, notice and support the arising preference and move forward with embodied motivation.
M.E.T.A’s upcoming introductory workshop, Embodying Presence and Embracing Possibility, offers a glimpse into the world of mindful, somatic, relational therapy. Using the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy method as our base, and referencing interpersonal neurobiology and the Re-creation of the Self model, participants will learn about and experience embodiment and mindfulness practices, explore how the body is a window into the unconscious, and practice explicit, nuanced ways of shifting from a stuck framework back toward possibility.
Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.), LLC
, is both a theoretical framework and a training organization that offers exceptional training in clinically grounded, evidence-based experiential counseling methods. The M.E.T.A. orientation assumes clients are fundamentally whole, even though they often show up in our offices feeling wounded and somehow broken.
M.E.T.A. weaves the classic Hakomi experiential, mindfulness based psychotherapeutic method and the Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS) existential and state shifting model, with current interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), attachment and trauma theories. M.E.T.A. embraces all this in an integrative framework that supports deep change.
In this dynamic workshop you will learn:
- precise techniques for applying mindfulness in counseling
- how to see the physical body as a source of psychological material
- clinically applicable ways to explore client stuckness and shift toward preference and possibility
This workshop is appropriate for experienced and new therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and graduate students in helping professions.
Deah Baird, ND, LPC, CHT has been offering her gentle leadership to META trainings for the last five years. A naturopathic physician, licensed professional counselor, and certified Hakomi therapist, Dr. Baird balances a successful private practice with teaching, community service and an engaged family life. She brings passion and leadership to helping people grow in self-integration and in enhancing their experience of love in relationships.