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Creativity: Evoking Creative States of Consciousness with Stephen Gilligan

Creativity: NP0051 – Session 1

How do you enhance client creativity? What questions can you ask your clients that will help them turn creativity into action? Join Stephen Gilligan as he explores powerful methods for helping clients access the generative mind-body states that enable them to realize their dreams.

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4 Responses to Creativity: Evoking Creative States of Consciousness with Stephen Gilligan

  1. jacischoen says:

    As a visual person, I allow the imagery that comes to me as I hear client’s words, to open up to a metaphoric discussion. I also notice their gestures and wonder with them if they had noticed and then explore what they might have been expressing through the use of them. I had listened to Dr. Gilligan at the Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in Dec and am grateful that he continues to share his expanded perspective with us.

  2. Roia says:

    I work as a music therapist in an institution with people who have severe disabilities, and, similar to jacishoen, but in my own modality, I allow music (and, more specifically, songs) to come to me as I work with clients. The folks I work with don’t use speech, and it truly is an exercise in creativity and Listening (with a capital L!) to hear what is in the actions and the silence. When the “right” song comes along, the internal shift is palpable! It is most exciting, after many such experiences within our music therapy sessions, when clients start to, very clearly and obviously, think about actions and consider new ways of being present. It is, of course, very slow work, but it sure is engaging.

    Having absolutely no experience with martial arts, I’ve never heard this idea of “Never give your eyes to the attacker.” I’m going to go and do more research into that and thinking about it. Thanks for giving me a lot of interesting things to ponder!

  3. jamesbrillon says:

    It’s a great question, as to how we make it more basic, and I ask myself that same question. I tune into my own felt sense and use mindfulness meditation and imagery to get my self centered and focused on what I really want, what I really believe in. And then at some point, old latent beliefs start to work unconsciously to affect my emotions and my thoughts, and before I am even aware, I’m derailed into negativity. I have great compassion for my clients, who suffer the same way. It seems to me a core aspect is to surrender, and to try to live as much as I can from a point of trust, faith and knowing that I can tap into the flow of my own life. Overwriting old programs is not a one-shot deal.
    I really loved this interview. I read Stephen’s book The Courage to Love, after was recommended to me by one of my favorite professors. That book grounded me in the understanding of therapy as an energy exchange between two people. I often refer to his ideas of opening my heart to my client, and somatically locating the neglected self. The body holds innate wisdom, accessible when we attune with love to our selves. Thanks You for this.

  4. jenniferwhitlocklpc says:

    I use psychodrama, and a lot of what Stephen Gilligan says can apply to psychodrama. There’s a form called “Future Projection” in which the client describes the desired state as if they have already achieved it, and embodies the things in their life, making the most of the senses. That could be seen as tapping in to this generative state. Sure, it can be done with imagery, but psychodrama makes it more concrete.

    Another thing that comes to mind is in psychodrama, when the earlier ego state is evoked. A psychodramatist may welcome this state, and actually cast a wisdom figure or the competent part of oneself to comfort and heal this hurting self.

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