An Opportunity for Encounter In Nottingham
1 Day Encounter Group
£120.00 per delegate (Early Bird Discount Available)
“An encounter group for those of us who, phenomenologically, self-describe as women.”
Saturday 1st October 2016
Facilitated by Linda Smith And Susanne Keys
CPD Certificate (7hrs)
Light Lunch Provided
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Telephone: 0115 960 5577
Hosted by Counsellingxtra
“For now she need not think about anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of- to think; well, not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing , expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity , to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others. Although she continued to knit, and sat upright, it was thus that she felt herself; and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures. When life sank down for a moment , the range of experience seemed limitless...Beneath it is all dark, it is all spreading, it is unfathomably deep; but now and again we rise to the surface and that is what you see us by. Her horizon seemed to her limitless”. Woolf, V. To the Lighthouse (1952)
“Encounter group (or basic encounter group) . This tends to emphasise personal growth and the development and improvement of interpersonal relationships through an experiential process”. Rogers, CR (1970) , p5. Carl Rogers On Encounter Goups. Harper and Row.
“Authenticity essentially is an encounter attitude....In this way, the ‘We -perspective ‘ of encounter and presence on the dialectical play of ‘being-with’ and ‘being-counter’, is opened up with profound therapeutic, social, and political consequences”. Excerpt from Abstract- Authenticity: the Person as His or Her Own Author. Dialogical and Ethical Perspectives on Therapy as an Encounter Relationship. And Beyond.Peter F Schmid
“ There is a kind of counter-criticism that seeks to expand...The worst criticism seeks to have the last word and leave the rest of us in silence; the best opens up an exchange that need never end”. Rebecca Solnit, pp100-101, Men Explain Things To Me ( And Other Essays). 2014, Granta.
I work in independent practice and "being-with" and “being-counter" simply catches my own presence, with individuals and groups. Encounter, as characterised by Schmid above, represents my thinking and relationship to being in the world.
I have worked as a counsellor with young people in a sixth form college in East London for 16 years and been a trainer on a person-centred diploma. I’ve also been a participant in an annual week long encounter group for 18 years! I’ve been particularly interested in thinking about love, gender, political and eco perspectives in person-centred therapy.