At this critical point in history, paradigm shifts are needed in nearly all realms of human activity. Linear progressions, whether in science, health care, education, international relations, or social discourse, are not sufficient to stop the exponential acceleration of the multi-level threats that confront humankind.
One site for exploring the mechanisms for paradigm shift-- for movement away from endless repetition of destructive or limiting patterns of behavior and thought to new vistas of possibility and discovery-- is the crucible of the patient-therapist bond in psychotherapy. This intimate connection appears to be a catalyst for profound changes in experience of the self, of the self in relation to the “other”, and the self in relation to the world. These changes are beneficial not only for the individual, but may also provide clues as to how such transformations might emerge on a larger societal scale.
This presentation will explore the nature of intersubjective space in psychotherapy, the mutual influencing that occurs therein, and the co-creation of fields of consciousness that generate the seeds of transformation. Essential features of positive outcome in psychotherapy will be discussed, such as attunement, resonance, and oscillations between linear and nonlinear experiences of time and space. Suggestions will be made, based on case examples, for approaches that seem to enhance the likelihood of the co-creation of healing experience on levels of mind, body and spirit.