Experience Psychotherapy’s Poet Laureate

By Rich Simon

In the increasingly rushed, impersonal atmosphere of clinical training today, qualities like self-awareness, personal expressiveness, and authenticity are too often ignored. But it’s those neglected dimensions of therapeutic presence that are the focus of this year’s Networker Symposium.

Given our theme–From Attachment to Creativity: Accessing our Resources for Change–we knew we needed to feature a keynoter with the charisma and expansive qualities of personal presence to evoke the heightened sense of possibilities that a gathering like the Symposium offers. And it was clear that the person for the job was poet, storyteller, and philosopher David Whyte.

To see what we mean, just watch this clip from his keynote address at a previous Symposium.

In this year’s keynote, “The Pilgrim Way,” David will explore how to use imagination to move beyond the limiting stories we usually tell ourselves to embrace the larger story of human experience. He’ll also offer a Creativity Day session, “The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question,” on how to ask the necessary questions that can help us reimagine ourselves, our world and our part in it.

David is certainly not the only reason to be part of this year’s gathering of our professional tribe. With its over 150 sessions and faculty of over 100 of psychotherapy’s leading figures, the Symposium is a festival of ideas, connection and creative renewal. Click here for full information.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC this spring.



Rich Simon
Editor, Psychotherapy Networker

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