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It’s important to see the things behind the things.
Robert Häusser

Seminars and workshops for self-discovery

You can use the seminars of the Practice for Psychotherapy, Brussels as a break from the daily treadmill.

They are an excellent opportunity for you to take stock and to obtain a new outlook, in the company of a competent advisor.
They are suitable for people who are confronted by a problem or a symptom, or have a question they cannot answer, and who find the idea of self-discovery in a group exciting, or who are simply curious.

These weekends are designed in a way that makes it easy for the participants to benefit from the presence and solidarity of the others. In a safe, discreet context it quickly becomes clear that no one is alone with their problems and questions, and that together we can enjoy some special experiences.

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FAMILY
CONSTELLATIONS
WOMEN
LOVE

GENERAL INFORMATION

Dorothée Janssens de Bisthoven - Certified psychologist (MSc)
Rue de la Tourelle 23 •• 1040 Brussels - Etterbeek •• +32 (0)493 14 21 81

ORGANISATION/FACILITATION
Dorothée Janssens de Bisthoven
Certified Psychologist (MSc)

PLACE
c/o Sounyai asbl
Avenue Dolez, 261
1180 Bruxelles/Uccle

DATES
21–22 September 2019
16–17 Mai 2020
17–18 October 2020

WHEN
Saturday 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

WORKSHOP LANGUAGE
English
(German or French if needed)

MORE INFORMATION/REGISTRATION
mail@psychologische-praxis-bruxelles.eu

WORKSHOP

With roots and wings
Family constellations and systemic solutions

For people who:
• want to tackle essential issues in their lives
are ready to have a better look at themselves
• feel stuck in repetitive cycles or patterns of behaviour that they want to escape from
• have questions about their relationships, love-life or families
• have to cope with experiences such as violence, addiction, depression, anxiety or loss
• need to develop ideas for their professional future
• want to deepen their roots and spread their wings

Why spend a weekend in a workshop on systemic constellations?
Some problems always seem to stay with us throughout our lives. Even with the best intentions and the most creative ideas, satisfactory solutions elude us and the underlying reasons for the difficulties remain unclear.

Sometimes we might have blind-spots, or maybe we're confused about which direction to take in order to find more joy and purpose in life. Sometimes others in our environment appear to block the way to solutions or even success.
In such cases, as we explore paths which make sense to us, it can be helpful to get support from an outsider. Our family roots and our own biographies play a crucial role in determining the quality of our relationships – in deciding how we feel about our own lives and how we position ourselves within them. Constellation work is a method derived from systemic family therapy. It can be applied in individual or group settings.

Systemic constellations are a powerful tool, offering us solutions and providing a deeper understanding, both of where we came from and of the behaviour patterns we have adopted in our daily lives. They can generate constructive, encouraging and individually tailored solutions to problems that have arisen from difficult experiences. As such, they can bring about profound and necessary changes.

When we work in a constellation, other group members act as representatives, simulating an existing dynamic (a family, a couple, a professional team etc.), without the need to know much about the background.

The dynamics of our relationships become visible. The positions taken by the representatives in the simulated system, and the movements they make, reveal a momentary inner image from our point of view within the given system.
By witnessing a representation such as this, we see where it is possible to take a stronger and more appropriate stand within our social structures.
We learn where to pay more attention, what to leave behind and what to welcome into our lives in order to live them more fully and to meet our goals with clarity and dignity.

With support and feedback from the facilitator, we can try to express ourselves with words, sentences and gestures that fit another point of view within the given dynamic – an act that can help us experience relief. We then look to the future with greater serenity, and confidence that our soul will find its way.

Who can take part?
Anyone who is ready to indulge in an in-depth experience of themselves. Participation – whether as a subject with your own individual constellation, or as an observer or a representative in another person's constellation – will give you new insights and broaden your understanding of human nature and social structures.
The facilitator reserves the right to evaluate the participants' need to work with constellations, and the potential benefits of their doing so. She may propose other, more appropriate methods if necessary.

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ORGANISATION/FACILITATION
Dorothée Janssens de Bisthoven
Certified Psychologist (MSc)

PLACE
c/o Sounyai asbl
Avenue Dolez, 261
1180 Bruxelles/Uccle

DATES
24-25 August 2019
29-30 August 2020

WHEN
Saturday 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

WORKSHOP LANGUAGE
German
(English or French if needed)

MORE INFORMATION/REGISTRATION
mail@psychologische-praxis-bruxelles.eu

WOMEN'S WORKSHOP

Constellations and systemic solutions for loving and living

As women, we’ve long-since learned to assert ourselves – and to do so in our own particular style. We organise the world, we work hard, we do what we can to succeed in life.
We know that keeping contact with other people is not always easy – whether as a partner or a single woman, as a sister, friend or colleague, or as a mother or daughter(-in-law). Accommodating all the widely varying demands while remaining fair, both to ourselves and to others, requires strength and a lot of clear thinking. We recognise that our daily lives sometimes overwhelm us, and we run the risk of losing touch with ourselves.

High time for a get-together among women!
Over the course of a weekend we will find the space for personal stories and urgent questions, for intimate wishes and for strong opinions about life in general. We will shine a spotlight on the richness of being a woman, as well as on its limitations.
We’ll talk about love, about our stomachs and about our wise heads. We'll find out where the blockages are, where we keep getting tied up in knots, and where we risk betraying ourselves.
In a pleasant and protected space surrounded by nature, the host provides impulses to help you better examine the image of yourself as a woman.

Almost certainly, as we review the “legacies” passed down to us from our great/grand/mothers, you’ll ask yourself: What have they given me? What is good, and what do I think suits me? What ballast do I want to off-load? Where am I determined to do things differently?
Our time together should develop in an organic way. During the weekend, we place no value on perfection or high efficiency. Above all, we welcome your female intuition, humour, improvisation and individual forms of expression. There is scope, too, for a certain slowness. You can stop and consider things, breathe deeply, make contact with yourself and with the other women in the group.
Dorothée Janssens de Bisthoven will guide you through the seminar, using suitable approaches and psychological reflection. She provides careful support for the process of self-discovery and for the interactions between the women.

Above all, the weekend will involve practical applications of a systemic, holistic way of thinking. This includes some physical exercises (taken, for example, from yoga, shiatsu and trance) as well as natural and creative solutions. In systemic constellations, with the collaborative support of the other women, you can confront specific issues and try out solutions, shaping them to fit the context of your own life.

As a group, we’ll consider some purposeful – perhaps constructive and conciliatory – next steps, and launch ourselves on that course in a brave and “womanly” way ;-)

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WORKSHOP

IN GOOD TIMES AND IN BAD
Workshop for couples, singles, and everyone in between

A seminar on the theme of love? When better than in mid-February?

You are welcome to attend alone or as a couple. You can join us if you are currently a contented couple, or if you are an unhappy couple with problems. But also, if you are single and perhaps hope to enjoy life as part of a “real” relationship in the future. Or indeed if, for the moment at least, you don’t know what to think about “love”.
Welcome!

Love may be a universal phenomenon, but in relationships the rules of the game are formulated and put into practice using different “languages”, in line with differing family and/or cultural backgrounds.

Early attachment and bonding experiences and longstanding loyalties are still important to us today, in moments when adversity seems to threaten us.

It’s no surprise that we sometimes need some assistance to interpret things, and some encouragement to help us find our way, assume responsibilities and come to understand ourselves better, either in togetherness, or in and of ourselves!
Various constellation formats, based on systemic approaches, are a great way of shedding light on the entanglements that can affect our romantic relationships.

In this seminar, using the constellation method, you can test new perspectives and different approaches.

First of all, follow the invitation to take a closer look:
• at the things that touch you deep down inside, at the beautiful and beneficent things love holds.
• at old “alarm buttons” that can be pressed as if by magic.
• at fears and needs that rise up at times of crisis.
• at attraction and intimacy, but also at coldness and distance.
• and at completely different human (im)possibilities, which everyone is capable of.

Over the course of this weekend you will get to know people – in a positive way – who have also experienced highs and lows in their relationships, and who are willing to devote themselves intensively to this vitally important topic for two days.

You will spend time with women and men:
• who perhaps want to experience a new form of relationship and are prepared to explore
new ground.
• who are curious to learn more about how to be in a relationship.
• who want to look more closely at their beloved, or at their own “way of loving”.
• who are keen either to feel closer, or to leave some distance for themselves.
• who want to clear something up that they have been unable to resolve, either through
discussion or through solitary reflexion.
• who want to reorganise their lives and dismantle barriers to their harmonious coexistence.
• who are missing a brave look or a warm invitation
.

Dorothée Janssens de Bisthoven accompanies the participants attentively as they address these difficult aspects of how they shape their relationships – difficulties that, it’s highly likely, can be resolved, step-by-step. She is also ready with a helping hand and mindful advice, should you come up against anything irresolvable, or if you meet your own boundaries.

You will go home enriched with self-discovery and with new ideas for a positive next step in your daily romantic life.

That’s something St Valentine himself would surely appreciate ;-)

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ORGANISATION/FACILITATION
Dorothée Janssens de Bisthoven
Certified Psychologist (MSc)

PLACE
c/o Sounyai asbl
Avenue Dolez, 261
1180 Bruxelles/Uccle

DATES
16–17 February 2019
15–16 February 2020

WHEN
Saturday 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

WORKSHOP LANGUAGE
English
(German or French if needed)

MORE INFORMATION/REGISTRATION
mail@psychologische-praxis-bruxelles.eu


GENERAL INFORMATION

Please note
Participation is only possible if you remain for the entirety of the seminar.
None of the seminars can be a substitute for regular psychotherapeutic treatment, but they are an excellent addition to such treatment, or as an occasional, deeper form of self-exploration.
Please be aware that with your participation you declare your commitment to confidentiality with respect to the personal data and information of other participants.

Registration
Participation fees are currently set at €210 in Belgium (as of March 2019).
You can register with a simple email, up to 10 days before the start of the seminar, including your own contact details.
You will receive a prompt response, confirming if there is a place free for you.
Your place will only be guaranteed after you have transferred the participation fee to the account of the Practice for Psychotherapy, Brussels (citing the seminar title, venue name, and your own name).

Cancellations
Unless otherwise arranged (see the flyer, as PDF or postal delivery), you may cancel your participation by email, up to 21 days before the start of the seminar. Your will receive a refund of the fee, minus an administration fee of € 40.
If you have to cancel later than this, the transferred fees will not be refunded.
In the event that a seminar is cancelled at short notice by the organiser for crucial reasons, you will not have a claim to compensation for additional costs incurred up to that point (e.g. hotel reservations). In this case you will receive a refund of the participation fee paid in full, as far as possible without delay. Alternatively, if you so wish, you can change to a different seminar date.

Further information
Shortly before the start of the event you will receive an email regarding your preparations for the seminar.
The different flyers are displayed at various locations, or they can be sent to you upon request.

Miscellaneous
A confirmation of participation can be issued for all the seminars after their completion (e.g. certifying practical experience for trainee systemic therapists).
Participating in the seminar can additionally be used as a means of expanding your own competences for leading and supporting groups.

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It’s important to see the things behind the things. (…) What’s essential should be made visible, and the significance of the accidental should be recognised as a signpost of the subconscious. We should find forms that support and enlighten the content.
To see is to recognise. Conscious seeing mobilises creativity; it is one of the foundations of inspiration. The experience of seeing is phenomenological.
Robert Häusser
Photographer from Mannheim,
1924-2013

Systemic ideas and approaches underpin the seminars. If necessary, additional methods can be used, such as hypnotherapy or body therapy.
Externalising problems with the help of representatives (systemic ‘constellations’) has proved to be a highly practical, basic method for groups. Various forms of this are deployed in all the workshops.

The posing of significant questions and explanation of psychological connections make it possible to encourage a different self-perception and positioning.
Individually adapted methods make it easier for participants to take a more distanced view of themselves, and to recognise the complexities of their own thought processes.
Using words and pictures, solutions are suggested which address the participants’ problems and desires.

You can expect some profound experiences and positive results.
Following a seminar, the participants return to their daily lives enriched and moved in a positive sense.

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