How can a therapist cut through a couple's intellectualizations, defensiveness, and ritualized use of language?
According to legendary couples therapist Peggy Papp, the key is to bypass the language and explore the metaphors that represent each partner’s experience of the relationship.
To do just that, Peggy refined a method she calls “couples choreography.”
In this video clip, Peggy describes one of her earliest uses of this approach—inviting each partner to visualize, enact, and describe their version of the relationship. Through this process, the partners gain new insight about what’s really happening and fresh language for talking about it.
Peggy Papp is a senior faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. She’s the author of numerous articles and books on family therapy, including The Process of Change
, and co-author of the landmark book, The Invisible Web: Gender Patterns in Family Relationships
. This clip is taken from her session in our creativity video course:
Creativity in the Consulting Room
Bring new inventiveness, power, and inspiration to your clinical work by:
- Discovering how to bring more spontaneity, curiosity, and excitement into your sessions
- Helping clients access their most creative states of consciousness to solve their problems
- Learning to use tools and methods from theater, film, poetry, the visual arts, music, and other art forms
- Mastering techniques that go beyond words to connect with the emotional brain
- Learning from the work of masters like Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, and Erv Polster
Want More Free Stuff?
You can view more free videos here
. Or check out our free articles on creativity
Do you learn by listening?
Check out our audio courses on Challenging Cases
, New Tools & Methods
, and Meet the Leaders
Do you learn by watching?
Check out our current online video courses here
Did you know that when you sign up
to be a member of the Networker community you get free stuff every month?