Use of Metaphor in Psychotherapy – Weronika Kucharska


Date: September 4th 2021
Location: Live via Zoom*
Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm GMT (+1) / 6:00am – 1:00pm EDT / 3:00am – 10:00am PDT
CPD/CE credits: 6
Speaker: Weronika Kucharska
Price: £99 GBP / $130 USD

*This training will be recorded. The link to the recording will be made available for 90 days following the live event.

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The CPD/CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Course Description:

People use metaphors to express through words or images, feeling which are too elaborate to explain otherwise. Our use of similes and metaphors in everyday language has somewhat become a norm; we know what we mean when we say “the cats out of the bag” or “I’m stuck”. Yet, when faced with a client who is unable to express his feelings or needs in a therapy space, we struggle to find common ground and feel we have nothing left to offer.

The word “metaphor” comes from the Greek meaning “transfer” or “to bring beyond”. It meant to express something that is “beyond” an immediate concrete or logical understanding and produce new openings on the imaginative and emotional dimension in a person’s inner world. In those moments of “stuck-ness”, metaphor can be a way back onto the path of exploration for a client who may feel like they have nowhere else to go.

This course will look at creative ways of engaging clients through feeling comfortable in accessing and utilising metaphors within the therapeutic space. It is not aimed at training professionals in metaphor therapy or creative arts therapy, but rather using that perspective to explore and develop ways in which to engage with symbols, stories and other metaphors the clients bring into the space.

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain increased knowledge on the use of metaphor in Psychotherapy
  • Discuss the use of metaphor and its importance in the therapy process
  • Consider the use of symbol and metaphorical language as a natural part of narratives and stories that our clients bring and validating their experience
  • Recognising the archetypal parts which the client brings into the space and exploring those with the client to bring awareness to metaphor
  • Exploring transference and counter-transference through metaphor
  • Develop steps into utilising the use of metaphor in own practice

Speaker Information

Weronika Kucharska. MA, HCPC, BADth Drama Psychotherapist

Weronika Kucharska is a qualified psychotherapist working predominantly in forensic and private practice settings with a Master’s degree in Dramatherapy. Weronika has worked with a range of client groups in educational settings, NHS hospitals, prisons, charities and currently in private practice, providing trauma-informed Dramatherapy interventions for individuals impacted by various difficulties. Her interest in trauma has led her to work in a youth offenders institute and young adult prison to raise awareness of trauma-informed practice to the staff directly working with young offenders.

She is also a founder and co-host of a new Dramatherapy Podcast called DTherapy Space where she brings awareness to the creative arts therapies and breaks down stigma surrounding their use. Her interest in Dramatherapy and Psychotherapy is rooted in working through the symbols and metaphors clients bring into the space.

Weronika is a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).

How to access our trainings?

1. Once you have booked a place for one of our trainings, you will receive a email confirming your order.

2. At least 24hrs prior to the start of training, you will receive an email containing the required details to enter the training. All trainings are held over Zoom.

3. If you are wanting to attend the training live, you then use these details to attend just before the specific start time.

4. However, if you are unable to attend the training live, a link to a recording of it will be emailed to you following the event. The recording is made available for 90 days after the live broadcast.

This means that it is not essential for the attendant to be present for the live training and one can refer back to the training if they wish within 90 days.

5. Within a week of the training, the training materials, including slides and notes, CPD certificate and feedback will be sent to you via Email.

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