||A Haiku Journey — Slow Walk Around a Small Island
||Journal 29 December 2020
||environment, imagination, love, poetry, reflections, warm-up, writing
||Prologue: I think we’re all time travellers. In a second we can conjure events from the past and the experiences and feelings of back there and then can flood into our here and now and become real. And the opposite can occur — a present moment can activate my memory glands. I often experience this when writing Haiku. There’s a formula to traditional Haiku — three lines — 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second and 5 in the third. I like and prescribe to the seventeen syllable limit as I experience a satisfying feeling of push-back, a kind of requisite resistance to other poetic foibles I may have at the time. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Please join me for a slow walk around my island home of Coochiemudlo. Along the way I’ll let you in on how this journey started, my now abiding passion for Haiku, how I benefit from my practice, a little of my process and how I use it in my work with clients.
||Directing Psychodrama on Stage
||Journal 29 December 2020
||director, encounter, humanity, love, photography, protagonist, Psychodrama, role
||It is 10 am. I am sitting at the edge of a horse shoe of 8 chairs on the stage of the dilapidated Crystal Palace Theatre in Mt Eden. It is freezing and a vast blackness stretches upwards and beyond the first few rows of chairs that I can make out. I draw my attention down and into the group, I take in the stage lights set up around the group, the lighting technician adjusting things at the edge of the circle, Yvonne looking on with her camera. Now I can see the people in the group I will be working with, some I know well and we exchange easy smiles, others are new to me and new to the psychodrama method, sent along by enthusiastic friends to a free workshop. Briefly, I get anxious as I consider their experience, this must seem crazy to them, to be sitting in this place among all of this.
||Encounter - The heart of psychodramatic couple therapy
||Journal 28 December 2019
||begegnung, couple therapy, doubling, encounter, J L Moreno, love, mirroring, Moreno, natural groups, Psychodrama, relationship, role reversal, spontaneity, synthetic groups, tele
||This article is concerned with the application of psychodrama principles and practices to couple therapy. In particular, it explores Moreno’s philosophy of encounter, that meeting of two, ‘face to face and eye to eye’, which lies at the heart of psychodramatic couple therapy. Drawing on illustrative material, the author shows the way in which the psychodrama structure of warm up, action and sharing apply in a couple therapy session, with the encounter presenting as the action phase. He also describes the psychodramatic techniques of doubling, mirroring and role reversal as they are used to facilitate the encounter.