Therapist offers problem-solving workshops
BUDDINA therapist Pam Danson has been practising a novel approach for problem-solving for 10 years, and this month she has invited community members to discover how to find solutions in their everyday lives.
The approach Ms Danson uses is known as process work, which follows the idea that "within every problem is the seed to its own solution".
She explained that in practice, this can appear in unconscious body movements, which may contradict what the person is saying aloud.
One client she described as feeling compelled to do as her family wished.
However, when the client spoke about feeling unable to dismiss her family's expectations, her arms moved as though she was dropping something away from herself.
Ms Danson said it was identifying this movement which led to the client's realisation that she could simply "drop" her family's directives and instead focus on her own needs.
"Bodies are a great source for this, because often we're thinking and saying one thing, but the body isn't congruent," she said.
"For example, you might say, 'I'm fine' but your head droops.
"We live in a culture that values being positive and 'up', and it's not acceptable to be down, but cutting off feelings comes at a massive cost."
She said process work did not seek to remove feelings of sadness, anger or any other emotions, but rather aimed to provide people with a model to address their issues.
"It's identifying that something in the problem may be pointing to a solution."
Ms Danson will be running a three-hour workshop on the first Saturday of each month on this topic, as well as weekly introspective classes.