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Biliana Dearly - FOT 2023

Biliana Dearly

Biliana Dearly - Transforming Inner Criticism in the Process of FOT
A clinical practice-based presentation with an experiential process and discussion time

One of the most painful and debilitating human experiences is the activation of the harsh self-criticising aspect. It can produce feelings of shame, deficiency, self-doubt, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, worthlessness, exhaustion and can be persistent. This presentation will acknowledge and highlight the helpful guidelines given by Gendlin, Cornell and others in working with the inner criticising process. It will address some complex situations when more is needed, such as working with “relentless” or severe inner criticism with contempt (abuse) and interpersonally enacted inner criticism. The last part of the presentation will provide participants with the experience of the “Compassion in action” process and time for debriefing and discussion. 

Learning objectives:
Recognising the inner criticising process and its consequences
Understanding the principles and the process of transforming the inner criticism
Utilising further practice-based suggestions in addressing some complex forms of the inner criticising process

Biliana Dearly is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne, Australia. As a Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute, she has developed and has been providing in-depth training in Focusing-Oriented Therapy.