||The Honest Mirror
||Journal 29 December 2020
||auxiliary, auxiliary ego, mirroring, photographs, photography
||Photographs, even documentary ones, are ambiguous records. I am drawn to many types of photographs, ones that are tricksters as well as ones that are faithful. In my own practice as a photographer I am interested in making portrait photographs that mirror social encounters, photographs that connect the viewer to a depth of expression in human relationships. In April, 2019 I was in a marvellous, run-down theatre in Auckland making a series of photographs of psychodrama that I hoped would bring the method of psychodrama to life in a realistic way. This is the story of how that series came about. It is a telling of my love for photography and my love for psychodrama and the parallel I see between the photograph and the psychodramatic concept of the mirror.
||The Horse as an Auxiliary for Life - Natural horsemanship, psychodrama and leadership development
||Journal 28 December 2019
||auxiliary, healing, horse, human development, J L Moreno, leadership, Moreno, natural horsemanship, Psychodrama
||Natural horsewoman and psychodrama trainee Kate Tapley draws our attention to the horse as an auxiliary for life. Through her work training riders in natural horsemanship from a psychodramatic perspective, she has noticed that horses, unerring sentients that they are, act as auxiliaries for human beings, mirroring their inner often unconscious experience with immediacy and authenticity, and following only those riders who prove themselves willing to enter their here and now world of being-ness and presence, as ‘true leaders’. This article presents the application of this approach during a natural horsemanship workshop and the positive outcomes in terms of leadership development, healing and wholeness.
||Tansy’s take on it: the dog as effective auxiliary in Moreno-inspired psychotherapy
||Journal 27 December 2018
||adolescents, auxiliary, auxiliary ego, child development, family system
||Tansy is a twelve-year-old Border Collie dog. When she is at home, she is a working dog and a pet, herding llamas and chickens and sometimes children, and playing with her son Mr. Brock, a Border Collie Huntaway crossbred. But Tansy has another important role. She comes with me, her pack leader, and companions me in the counselling and therapy work I do at the Urban Eden Psychotherapy Centre. In my first contact with prospective clients, I always let them know that Tansy will be there. When we go for long walks together in the hills, I often reflect out loud about my work with her. This particular kind of intimate soliloquy, that occurs when Tansy and I are outside together, is very precious and profound for me. This is our story...
||Exploring the therapeutic potential of skilled auxiliary work
||Journal 15 December 2006
||Auxiliary work in any group has the potential of letting members see differently either off the psychodrama stage or the interactions within the group. Auxiliary work when undertaken in accordance with the considerations is a highly skilled act with therapeutic potential for the protagonist.
||Being an Effective Auxiliary: Some Reflections on Doubling and Dependency in Psychotherapy
||Journal 21 December 2012
||auxiliary, clinical psychodrama, dependency, doubling, relationship matrix, role constellation, social atom
||As a term, J.L. Moreno's concept of auxiliary captures the idea of entering into a psychotherapeutic relationship for the purpose of consciously assisting another person to develop spontaneity in a specific context. This paper focuses on a number of important elements in this regard: the importance of being an adequate auxiliary able to enact roles in response to specific social atom constellations; the importance of doubling within a role constellation to bring about social atom repair; the importance of allowing dependency in long term therapeutic relationships so that effective auxiliary functioning is maintained over time to promote the development of progressive embryonic roles. The concept of auxiliary is particularly helpful if we keep ourselves involved with the role constellations present in a person's inner world and the needs of the client within a specific context.