Workshop Description: We all have an “inner child,” a psychological and phenomenological reality that for many adults represent an unconscious part of themselves. When emotions and sensations are triggered in certain ways, our minds and bodies travel back, or regress, to a familiar time when we felt this way before. Without a conscious and compassionate relationship with our “inner child” we can be driven, unknowingly, into behavioral, emotional, psychological, and relational difficulties. Experiential therapies like Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can be especially powerful in triggering regression to a younger state because rather than remaining in a strictly thinking/talking realm, where unconscious processes are more difficult to uncover and identify and thus deal with, having a relational experience with a sentient being like a horse in real time can trigger emotions, memories, images and body sensations that take us back to earlier stages in our development - whether a regression leads us to a positive experience or a more traumatic one depends upon our own histories. In this workshop we will explain the phenomenon of regression, how to recognize it when it happens, and what strategies will best help clients heal more effectively and fully from their wounds as they re-parent their younger parts in the context of EAP.
Learning Objectives: 1. Understand and recognize the phenomenon of regression and how it can impede the process of earning a secure attachment style 2. Develop a personal awareness of your younger parts and how they might be triggered in facilitating therapy with clients 3. Learn specific strategies for re-parenting both your own inner child as well as your clients