Webinar: Integrating the Shadow: Inner Work for Adult Adoptees
Integrating the Shadow: Inner Work for Adult Adoptees
The composition of the self is multifaceted and holistic. We all have pieces and aspects of self that we nurture, celebrate, and shine out into the world. And equally, we have pieces and aspects of self that we suppress, hide, and relegate to our innermost corners. In the tradition of Jungian psychology, or depth psychology, we recognize this as the manifestation of our inner shadow. For the adult adoptee, shadow pieces are seeded and cultivated over many years via the messages of familial and relational patterns, the introjection of cultural messages, and a felt sense of being different, or other than. Using a depth psychological approach to working with the inner shadow, the adult adoptee can learn to integrate and reclaim those pieces of self which have been carefully hidden away. Through shared material and collective dialog, we will discuss common shadow aspects for the adult adoptee, contemplate the need for a keenly developed inner shadow witness, and explore ways of integrating shadow through awareness of personal narratives, patterns, and relational habits. This webinar is appropriate forthe adult adoptee, for loved ones who wish to better understand their experiences, and for helping professionals who support adult adoptees.
Jemma Elliot, MA, LMFT, LPCC, is the Program Co-Chair and Core Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Jemma, an adult adoptee, has a clinical focus on adoption and separation trauma, and has provided trainings and spoken on panels to advance the understanding of the needs of children and families on the adoption spectrum throughout Los Angeles County. Clinically, she has worked specifically with clients around the lifelong issues of adoption for the past eleven years, both in private practice and in the APSS Program. Jemma also has a special interest in working with PTSD from a depth psychological perspective, and in witnessing and hosting the extrasensory gifts and energetic awakenings that often arise in clients after traumatic experiences. In her downtime, Jemma can be found pursuing her passion for greyhound rescue, cultivating her love of the arts, and dancing and singing with the love of her life, her six-year-old daughter, Kaia Joy.
$36 per person non-member
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