“Disavowed and undervalued parts” are those parts of us that we try to ignore, suppress, or hide from ourselves. These can include:
Many clients actually come to therapy with the goal of figuring out how to banish these parts from their lives. They will often say, “I wish this part of me would just go away.”
In this workshop, we will learn how to work skillfully with disavowed and undervalued parts.
This will take us on a group journey of facing this very present phenomenon (in its many forms), learning how to frame it skillfully with clients, working with accompanying shame systems, and providing corrective experiences for clients.
Shai Lavie, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, works with adults, adolescents, and families in private practice in San Anselmo, California. He got his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1995, and received his MFT license in 1999.
Shai is certified in the Hakomi Method of mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and is a Certified Hakomi Trainer on the faculty of Hakomi Mallorca and the Hakomi Institute of California. He is also certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma, developed by Peter Levine.
Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for over 30 years. For many years beginning in 2001, Shai taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (see www.spiritrock.org).
Shai has done psychotherapy trainings for therapists at Family Service Agency, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Apple Family Works, New Perspectives/Bay Area Community Resources, JFK Counseling Center, Community Institute for Psychotherapy, various chapters of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Aldea Treatment Services, Dominican College, Chapman University, Holos Institute, and Mt. Diablo Unified School District.
Please look for articles from Shai Lavie in the September/October 2011 issue of Psychotherapy Networker (“In Search of a Lost Self”) and in the September/October 2011 issue of The Therapist (“Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy”). These articles can be found on the Hakomi Institute website. Please also look for Shai’s chapter (“Experiments in Mindfulness”) in the new book: Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice (W.W. Norton, 2015). Shai’s newest article, “Held Experience: Using Mindfulness in Psychotherapy to Facilitate Deeper Psychological Repair” published in the Fall 2015 issue of the International Body Psychotherapy Journal.
Shai lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and daughter. He loves wilderness hiking, paddle boarding, climbing, frisbee, martial arts, and music.