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, Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, Senior Trainer for GITA (Slovenia), faculty member, IpsiG (Turin), advisory board member, Center for Somatic Studies, founder member of IG-FEST and a guest trainer for many training programmes internationally.  He has been working as a psychotherapist for 33 years.  He is Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.  Peter is the author of ‘Self in Relation’, pub. Gestalt Journal Press, ‘The Emergent Self’ pub. Karnac/UKCP and ‘Gestalt Therapy: Roots and Branches’ pub. Karnac, and many other chapters and articles.  He is a teacher (4th dan) and student of traditional Aikido.