This short course will focus on the treatment of couples from the perspectives of symptoms, rigid, dysfunctional behavior patterns, and narcissistic defenses. An integrative approach utilizing creativity and humor will be presented, incorporating CBT, psychodynamic, Ericksonian, Jungian and existential perspectives. Validation, sequencing, containment and questions that facilitate accountability will be highlighted in the context of empowering clients on a variety of levels.
List three ways creativity and humor can be utilized in the treatment of narcissistic defenses in couples.
Birgitta Gregory, Ph.D. is a Life Skills Coach, Corporate Consultant and College Instructor who works with corporations, groups, individuals and couples focusing on effective communication and interpersonal relationships. She facilitates the processes of identifying and dealing constructively with a variety of issues such as narcissistic defenses, development of appropriate boundaries, power and control issues, personality conflicts and team building. Dr. Gregory supports the development of effective skills to better manage anxiety, heighten awareness, use the language of accountability and responsibility, ask simple yet effective questions to create trust, and to become a more powerful negotiator in personal as well as business situations. She teaches life skills and helps process group members’ experiences, which helps to build trust, promote good morale, encourage optimal efficiency, integrate spirituality and create a higher quality life style.
Bruce Gregory, Ph.D. has been a licensed marriage, family therapist for forty-five years, working with individuals, family, or organizations. He was the Director of the Master Program at Ryokan College for twenty-five years. He has worked in the addiction/recovery field for twenty-five years, and has trained the staffs for Promises, Cliffside and Pat Hart Consulting. His specialties in the addiction/recovery sector include working with high llevel executives, struggling young adults, and families needing systemic healing involving learning healthy communications skills, accountability, and the repair of trust. Bruce has been a regular workshop presenter for the Ericksonian Foundation for twenty-five years, presenting workshops on the integration of Ericksonian Mind-Body Hypnotherapy with other therapeutic disciplines, tai chi, Tibetan
Buddhist meditation, and quantum physics in the treatment of resistance, trauma, and addiction. He has been a corporate behavioural specialist for thirty-five years working with companies that include American Express, Xerox, and Travelers Insurance. He has published a series of articles integrating Ericksonian Mind-Body Hypnotherapy with classical music composition theory, Tai Chi, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, mathematics and quantum physics.
He has also been a workshop leader at Esalen Institute, presenting workshops in the Art of Leadership, the Transformative Power of Grief, and activation of the Core Self.
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