The jazz trio metaphor: reworking the core conditions, relational depth, compassion & two kinds of empathy (1st post)
Last updated on 4th May 2012
Working as a psychotherapist or counsellor, practising as a doctor, participating in interpersonal groupwork, and at the heart of relating deeply with another human being - I have internal reminders, charts, ways of helping myself be present in as constructive a way as I can. One inner chart or internal reminder is the jazz trio metaphor. A bit like a musician revisiting and making fresh again their playing of a well known classical work, the jazz trio metaphor takes another look at the key, so often explored territory of the therapeutic relationship - which overlaps to a huge extent with the more universal territory of how to be profoundly present in any deep relationship with another human being.