Gus Napier demonstrates Experiential Therapy with a couple whose problems have escalated to a matter of life and death. Watch this master therapist and learn how to authentically engage couples in the here-and-now with interventions that really make a difference.
Napier believes that therapists can use their own personal experiences to connect with clients and that their frank feedback within the session can stimulate change, even with couples entrenched in disabling conflict. In this video, Napier works with one such couple, Bill and Pat. Bill’s recent heart attack has sent this couple into crisis mode—Bill doesn’t want Pat involved with his health, which triggers Pat’s deep-seated rage to boil over, leading Bill to shut down, which in turn further infuriates Pat. Napier provocatively warns them that this spiral may result in Bill having another heart attack, thereby solving both their problems. He highlights the behaviours that they each need to change, then secures a commitment from them both to begin regular couples therapy in order to end the dangerous cycle.
By watching this video, you will:
- Learn how to help clients break down their problems in the here-and-now of the session, and offer them new, healthier ways of communicating with each other.
- Gain insight into Napier’s therapy style of remaining active and interruptive in the first session with couples, then more quiet and observant in the next few.
- Develop new ways of relating to your clients that are honest and open, and that model relational aspects your clients are currently missing.
Augustus Y. Napier is director of The Family Workshop, a family therapy training institute in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied family therapy with Dr. Carl Whitaker, which formed the basis of his work and books. He later served on the faculties of the Psychiatry Department and the Child and Family Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Fragile Bond and The Family Crucible.
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