Finding Comfort and Common Ground in the Intersection of 12-Steps and Gestalt (Angela Albert, LMFT)
December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
The influence of 12-step programs is felt throughout our culture. When we have clients who are involved in 12-step recovery or are newly embarking on the journey of recovery, they often bring their reactions and experiences in 12-step into the therapeutic space. How can we as therapists support the client in their 12-step journey and growth and find the commonalities and intersections with the therapeutic process? As Gestalt therapists we can apply the paradoxical theory of change (after all what is more paradoxical that the main tenet of AA – that one has to admit one’s powerlessness over alcohol in order to stop using it). We will explore how the phenomenological approach to understanding and the dialogic attitude toward relationship are mirrored throughout 12-step language, meetings and literature.
Angela Albert, LMFT specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, (including historical sexual trauma and its after-effects in adulthood, relationships and parenthood), as well as addiction, alcoholism and sobriety. She is actively involved in the PGI (Pacific Gestalt Institute) community.