One-Power and Two-Power Therapy – Presenter: Peter Philippson

February 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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One-Power and Two-Power Therapy - Presenter: Peter Philippson @ Zoom

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Presenter: Peter Philippson (U.K.)

In a one-power family (according to Bob Resnick), only one person can have power at any one time: Either there is one person who always holds the power, or the power moves between the family members in different situations, but still is never shared. In a two-power family, everybody can be powerful, and there is more liveliness, creativity, and energy, and also more overt conflict.

Having been sensitized to this idea, it became clear that a very high proportion of the difficulties brought by my clients came out of an early family pattern of one-power relationships, which they then took into their later relationships with partners, children, friends, and work relationships.

And yet, most approaches to counseling and psychotherapy are based on one-power relationships between therapist and client! This workshop discusses what it means to engage in two-power psychotherapy.


Peter Philippson, M.Sc. (Gestalt Psychotherapy), is a UKCP Registered Gestalt psychotherapist and trainer, a Teaching and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute UK, a founder member of Manchester Gestalt Centre, a Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, a Senior Trainer for GiTa (Slovenia), a faculty member at IpsiG (Turin), an advisory board member for the Center for Somatic Studies, and a guest trainer for many training programs internationally. He has been working as a psychotherapist for 33 years. He is also a past president of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. Peter is the author of Self in Relation (Gestalt Journal Press), The Emergent Self (Karnac/UKCP), Gestalt Therapy: Roots and Branches (Karnac), and many other chapters and articles. He is a teacher (4th dan) and student of traditional aikido.