Making Creativity in the Consulting Room Productive

Steve Andreas on the Clinical Mastery of Virginia Satir

Rich Simon


What does inventive therapy look like? It’s easy to point to styles of therapy that seem extemporaneous, untried, fresh, and daring, but we often overlook that for all skilled therapists, there are well-established patterns and techniques underlying even the most innovative decisions.

According to Steve Andreas—author of Virginia Satir: The Patterns of Her Magic—longstanding practices that inform clinical choices are the unacknowledged wellsprings of creativity. Steve uses this perspective to analyze and explain footage of acclaimed therapist Virginia Satir at work in our engaging new Networker Webcast series, Creativity in the Consulting Room.

In this clip from his webcast session, Steve talks about what he believes to be the most misunderstood aspect of creativity—the background. While he acknowledges that spontaneity and novelty have their place, he argues that it’s the background of therapy—which includes protocol, practice, and knowledge—that allows the creative process to unfold.

In the unique webcast session broadcasting March 26th, Steve illustrates this point using clinical video of Virginia Satir at work. In his analysis, he traces the patterns of language, hypnosis, touch, and non-verbal interactions that allowed Satir to construct skillful responses to her clients on the fly.

Steve Andreas has been learning, teaching, and developing brief therapy methods for over 45 years. His books include Transforming Negative Self-Talk. Steve Andreas joins Stephen Gilligan, Courtney Armstrong, Erving Polster, Peggy Papp, and Jeffrey Zeig for our all new streaming-video webcast series:

Creativity in the Consulting Room
New Tools for More Energizing and Effective Therapy

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Here's a preview of what each presenter covers:

  • Stephen Gilligan on Evoking Creative States of Consciousness
    Master powerful methods for helping clients access the generative mind-body states that can enable them to realize their dreams.

  • Courtney Armstrong on Vitalizing Your Clinical Style
    Break free from one-size-fits-all approaches and discover how to bring more of your creative potential into your work.

  • Erving Polster on Making New Things Happen
    A celebrated therapist with more than 6 decades of clinical experience reflects on the lessons he’s learned about creativity in the consulting room.

  • Peggy Papp on Metaphor, Symbol, and Fantasy in Couples Therapy
    Learn how to use experiential techniques to transform therapeutic stalemates into transformational moments.

  • Steve Andreas on The Clinical Artistry of Virginia Satir
    Through the use of clinical videos, focus on understanding the powerful techniques that made Virginia Satir a legend in our field.

  • Jeffrey Zeig on Altering Consciousness Through the Arts
    Discover how to use methods drawn from the arts to helps clients shift rigid patterns of unhappy thoughts, emotions, and sensations.

  • BONUS: Ann Randolph on Expanding Your Therapeutic Range
    An award-winning improv performer shows how you can bring new energy and inspiration to your clinical craft

  • BONUS: Jeff Zeig on The Clinical Wizardry of Milton H. Erickson
    Watch legendary hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson at work with insightful and detailed commentary from his student Jeff Zeig


Creativity in the Consulting Room
Series Available Now!

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Topic: Professional Development | Couples

Tags: Ann Randolph | brief therapy | consciousness | Courtney Armstrong | creative therapy | creativity in the consulting room | Erving Polster | hypnosis | Jeffrey Zeig | learning | mind-body | Peggy Papp | practices | Stephen Gilligan | Steve Andreas | therapist | therapists | Virginia Satir

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