Every change involves some loss, and change is always happening, so grief is a universal experience, where we struggle to come to terms with life. There are as many ways to do this as there are people. Though often in our culture an isolating experience, grief can be a profound point of connection to the world. It is essentially a creative process that opens the heart to a more flexible way of responding. We emerge from a grief process with a deeper sense of connection to life and a more meaningful experience of ourselves. However, people rarely do this alone. As therapists we bear respectful witness to the suffering of our clients, and bravely accompany them, with the support of our theory – the paradoxical theory of change, a phenomenological approach to understanding, and a dialogic attitude toward relationship. In this workshop we can talk together about these ideas, and how they inform our work with clients. There will be an experiential portion as well, where you can explore these ideas for yourself.
Christine Campbell, MFT, ATR, is a core faculty member of the Pacific Gestalt Institute and a certified gestalt therapist. She began her training in 1990 at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA). After many years as an art therapist and as the clinical and administrative director of a number of partial hospitalization and intensive-outpatient mental health programs, Christine has a private practice in Los Angeles where she works with individuals, couples, and groups using a relational gestalt therapy approach. She specializes in grief and traumatic loss, and the relationship between grief and creativity is of special interest to her. She is a clinical supervisor at the Southern California Counseling Center, and a past president of GTILA.