By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
Welcome to my new practice space!
Experiential psychotherapy and coaching are different than your typical talk therapy and brainstorming coaching with markers and easels. We practitioners who use action methods and experiential psychotherapies use floor space, props, pillows and other "supplies" in our work with people and groups.
The props -- which may include chairs, stools, mats, scarves and cloths, small figures, simple musical and sound instruments, and other items -- assist in stepping directly into the problem or situation rather than just talking about it. People invariably find that the experiential approach helps them develop fresh insights and feel dramatic and useful shifts that never come with analysis, list making and the usual ways we tend to think about things. In other words, stepping into our experience has transformative power.
After a year of working out of various locations in and near Lancaster, Pa., I am now based at the handsome Liberty Place at 313 W. Liberty St., Suite 251, Lancaster. Liberty Place is the site of the former corporate headquarters of the Armstrong Cork Company (now Armstrong World Industries), and I'm loving to imagine the suited men and the women in business skirts and high heels walking the wide halls in the company's heyday. It’s a lovely old retro-style building with handsome mahogany doors, big bright windows and plentiful parking available across the street.
The pictures here give you a photo tour of some of my space. You'll notice my sand tray on its rolling stand and the accompanying shelves of my collection of small figures which I use for my sand tray work, which is so valuable in seeing problems and solutions with new perspectives. (Art still to come!)
This new practice space gives me options for 1-1 consultations, small group meetings, classes and teaching, and a larger training space for psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations, sand tray and other experiential methods and practices. I’ll continue to offer community presentations, programs and pop-up events in and around the city and region, such as my programs at Radiance and Telltale Dress. And we have some new programs planned as well -- be sure to check the calendar for details.
Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, is an author, trainer and psychotherapist who promotes, practices and teaches experiential methods including psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations, mindfulness and Tarot imagery.
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