I was excited to join this process group to explore how people experience me and compare it to my self-concept. The process turned out to be enlightening, frightening and fun. I’ve participated in two meetings already and plan on attending more. I learned something about myself each time and although it was not entirely new, I learned how to see it in a new way and that is what makes it transformative. For me, learning how to use the here and now moment to express thoughts and feelings towards others in the group was like learning how to play a new game. You’re not really sure of the rules or how good you will be at but you’re eager to start playing and see how well you do. Working in the here and now is a useful life skill, both on a personal and professional level. This is a powerful and effective intervention in the clinical setting and will enable both therapist and patient to go deeper. Jacob is a skilled group leader who runs the group with authenticity – a trait which I believe is the essence of all successful relationships.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the “Deeper In the Here & Now” workshop provided by Jacob Winkler, LCSW. This experience was intense, challenging, and liberating. My objective in attending was to learn tactics for when I feel stuck with clients. Jacob has a knack and natural artistry for operating in the “here-and-now” and utilizing the provocative approach. Witnessing him instantly turn frustrating and stalemate scenarios with group participants into opportunities for growth, progress, and connection was invigorating. Two days following the workshop, I found myself tuning more into my felt-sense while in session with a client. Giving voice to the felt-sense released me of a tiring and suffocating feeling that I had to continue sitting in my chair and “dealing with” the feelings I was experiencing with the client in the here-and-now. More importantly, it allowed the client to access underlying feelings in the therapy room that she had not been aware she’d been experiencing outside of therapy. Jacob, thank you again for taking us “deeper” so that our work can continue to be about taking our clients to higher levels of awareness and change.
I recently attended Jacob’s Deeper in the Here–and–Now workshop. My original intention was to broaden my expertise in group psychotherapy through immersion into the simulation of an actual group. What I experienced was far greater than I imagined, and certainly was not a simulation. Participating involved navigating rapidly shifting roles of clinician, colleague, and individual. As participants interacted, professional demeanors were swept away in a manner that broke down barriers and hidden coping strategies, and complex, often painful emotions were evoked. As clinicians, we attempted to diagnose, challenge, and treat, but ultimately we became clients ourselves. As colleagues, we came to know, understand, and care for each other. By the end of the session, we had become a group of vulnerable people, more fully aware of ourselves and each other, connected in a much deeper way than we ever expected. Thank you Jacob for this unique opportunity to gain insight into the here-and-now, to grow personally and professionally, and to better understand and serve our clients.
Participating in Jacob’s process group was such a humbling experience both personally and professionally. Being a part of the group was a reminder of the courage and vulnerability our clients carry with them as they enter our space. The group experience also evoked powerful emotions that challenged me to reflect on my own inner work. These unexpected, raw, emotions encouraged me to continue the reflection outside of the group which has helped me grow personally as well as clinically. I highly encourage any therapist looking to deepen their practice to participate in this unique opportunity, it was eye opening!
Jacob is a thoughtful, perceptive clinician and a skilled, engaging group facilitator. The Deeper-in-the-Here-and-Now workshop that I attended was exhilarating and introduced me as a clinician and individual to a powerful way of working therapeutically. The here-and-now process is remarkably effective in putting one’s defenses in relief. It invites participants to allow ourselves to be truly seen, vulnerable and to connect with others in unexpected ways. That all of the attendees were therapists elevated and accelerated the work that we were able to accomplish in a relatively short time. The readings provided by Jacob were theoretically illuminating, accessible and interesting. The supervision portion of the workshop was productive and provided an opportunity to discuss the interventions that we had read about and experienced in group. I eagerly look forward to participating in a future workshop. Even this small amount of exposure to this way of working has impacted my personal work and my clinical practice. It is nothing short of revelatory.
I have been to two workshops facilitated by Jacob Winkler and each has been an amazing learning experience. The insights I made into myself and the clinical skills I learned from Jacob’s leadership were so appreciated.
I very much enjoyed Jacob’s experiential workshop Deeper-in-the-Here-and-Now.
It helped me gain greater insight into the dynamics of group psychotherapy.
I found the process groups that he facilitated challenging and illuminating. Jacob is passionate about his clinical work and the articles on group process that he provided were very helpful. His workshop enriched me personally and professionally.
It was a wonderful experience. I was able to learn something about myself and others in the workshop, but most importantly I’m able to utilize the techniques learned in the workshop in my daily practice as a therapist. The Here-and-Now approach is a valuable way for therapists to really connect with their clients, and understand how what happens in the moment in our office is often parallel to things happening in the client’s world.
Initially, I wasn’t sure about how a “process” group would help me in my work with clients. I already felt that I was doing good work with my clients and didn’t really need to attend a training about “the here and now”, but Jacob’s training really helped me to deal with some feelings that I’d been hanging onto that had been impacting me on a personal level. It can be intimidating at first, sharing your feelings about another person in the group, but it is ultimately helpful to be able to give and receive feedback in a safe and supportive environment. I felt lighter and more connected after the training and I highly recommend it to other therapists. No matter how many years of experience and training you have, this training is valuable and transformative.
The workshops are intense and designed for people looking to experience emotional insight through sharing feelings. If that excites you more than it scares you then give this try, you’ll get something from it. If not, then pass on it. For me it was very valuable.
This workshop changed my clinical work with clients, especially when facilitating group therapy. The key to this learning approach was the experiential aspect that facilitated learning on a deeper, more integrated level. I have continuously used approaches learned in my work with clients as a strategy of improving their outcomes through their experience in the “here and now.” I would recommend this workshop to any clinician who practices psychotherapy.
What Dreams May Come
I am a practicing psychologist who has worked with my own dreams and those of my patients for many years but in two really enjoyable hours, Jacob took our small intimate group of interested clinicians to a new level. This workshop helped me think about how to capture and make use of the richness of dreams with my patients but definitely for myself. Didn’t expect the value I received. Grateful.