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Therapy Training & CPD for Therapists

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metaphors in counselling

Therapeutic Metaphors

About using metaphors in therapy

"The logic of the emotional mind is associative; it takes elements that symbolize a reality, or trigger a memory of it, to be the same as that reality. That is why similes, metaphors and images speak directly to the emotional mind." Daniel Goleman, (1996) Emotional Intelligence. Bloomsbury, London [p.294]

We all love stories; as children, listening to, reading or watching stories is one of our favourite things to do. We like fairy stories, stories about our families, and our parents when they were young; all kinds of things that help us relate to our social and physical environment.

When you work with metaphors, you are essentially telling your clients a story. Just like stories, metaphors can draw us into them, provoking strong emotional responses, and they appeal to that part of our unconscious mind which is still childlike and enjoys learning in this way.


About this therapeutic metaphors course

This lively one day course encourages learners to embrace free thinking, employing enjoyable team and group activities to unlock imaginative potential and inspire creative metaphor. The day is split in two. A playful interactive (foundation) morning preparing learners for therapy-focused metaphor application in the afternoon.

Balanced group team and pair work ensures everyone benefits continually from the creative input and support of fellow team members.

We will explore the visual and verbal, competition and quiz, hands on creative activity (don’t worry there’s no drawing). There’s lots of humour, storytelling and ad-libbing, making good use of the Native American talking stick.

Our Aim is to;

  • Discover and unleash creativity you didn’t know you had
  • Translate it into words and images
  • Use the same as a foundation for creative metaphor
  • Apply the metaphor within the therapeutic environment

There's no assessment, but a Certificate of Attendance is issued to support your CPD record.


Other information

This course is accredited as CPD by the ACCPH.






Author/Presenter: Tracy Farr spent many years in design before qualifying in hypnotherapy, now she employs the invaluable ‘out of the box’ methods (the early foundations of her creative training) to inspire metaphor in her script writing and creative teaching.


Next workshop

Date: date to be confirmed, 2018

Venue: Moor Monkton (A59, a few miles west of York). If you are on public transport, we may be able to arrange a lift or car/taxi share from York - please enquire. Otherwise we are less than ten miles from York station by taxi.


Cancellation policy:

We regret we are unable to offer refunds for anyone cancelling less than 14 days before the course, unless your place is filled. We will offer a credit note for the full amount, redeemable against any of our other courses, and valid for 12 months.

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