Therapeutic Images: A Panel Discussion

Bergner, L. / Published 2019 / Presentation

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Presenter Laurie Bergner, Ph.D.
Date September 20, 2019
Abstract: This talk has three parts. First, will be a review of basic descriptive ideas about the use of stories and images in psychotherapy, as originated by Peter Ossorio. This will include, among other things, a description of how images can be used as actual diagnoses and the advantages of doing so. Second, a briefly review a number of classic descriptive images developed by Ossorio will be provided. Third and finally, participants will be invited to share other images and stories they have found useful in psychotherapy, especially ones they have created themselves and so would be new to audience members.
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