Co-Counseling Works For Me

 

“Co-Counseling Works for Me” is the fourth in a series of videos produced by CCI-USA.
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~ Thanks from Emily and Bob ~

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Co-Counseling Changes Lives

“Co-Counseling Changes Lives” is the third in a series of videos produced by CCI-USA.
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~ Thanks from Emily and Bob ~

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CCI Israel Dror Autumn Workshop

CCI Israel Dror Autumn Workshop**
by Janice Wasser

On the 23-24th of October we had our Fall Workshop for the Dror Community.
We were 30 people all together, with regular guests from The Netherlands, Marlies and Sytse.
Rex McCann from New Zealand was introduced to the Dror Community.
We were happy to see members of the community who came from far and wide – Wallid and Afef from Nazareth, Efrat from Zikron Yakov, Rahel from Karkur, Miriam, Vicki, Aviva and Avi from Jerusalem and our special Angel, from Eilat.
We had several visitors from another co-counseling community in Israel who were welcomed to join us as we all honor the same method.

I offered a brief “Back to Basics” since most of the Dror members had their fundamentals over 10 years ago. I also took the opportunity to discuss the CCI approach to co-counseling, describing the three types of contracts and what I discovered as a basic difference in our styles of training. This is an effort to prepare the Dror members for the upcoming CCI in November 2016.
Avi Butavia was with us for the evening where he talked about being caught up in emotional traps and demonstrated work on the topic of boredom/confusion and self-doubt. The demonstration showed the use of mantras “I know” or “I don’t know,” choosing one or the other, and then expanding on them with “I always knew” or “I never knew”.
Ida helped us to connect to our inner power with a breathing exercise, Kundalini yoga and the vibrations of her didge on Saturday morning.
Luiza offered a workshop on “Saying Yes to life!” (which was the theme of our workshop). She discussed some basic assumptions many of us make which limit us in our experience and growth. She offered new ideas helping us to expand our options, celebrating what is and truly saying YES to life! (Thank you, more please!)
Rex offered a preview of the work he’s done on fatherless sons and sexual consciousness. We were all very moved by his story and thirsty for more. He has agreed to offer another workshop for men only sometime in November.
Marlies and Sytse offered a NLP workshop entitled “One Word Reframing,” a fantastic exercise in changing your world by changing your words!
We ended the workshop with a cooperative game facilitated by our dear Aliyah, working in groups of 6 to create something out of bits of used articles, others might call trash.

I received a letter just yesterday which really puts in a nutshell what happened. Haim has agreed to share the letter that I then translated to English.
Dear Dror Community,
I had the privilege to participate in one of the best workshops of co-counseling over 18 years of my experience in co-counseling. I felt the love, warmth and unconditional acceptance for outside guests, and the absence of political overtones that usually causes separation and anger.
There were professionally facilitated workshops on a variety of topics that are not necessarily from co-counseling, but certainly contributing to growth and were absolutely pure pleasure.
I fell in love with the Dror Community!!!
I have no doubts at all – Peace and love within ourselves and for each other is a prerequisite for peace with our neighbors. Peace and love were indeed present at the workshop gathering.
Thank you and congratulations for growth for everyone.
Haim Engelovitch

** CCI Co-counselors gather in countries around the world for connection, community, sharing, learning, growing.
Members of the CCI community are welcome to attend any of these gatherings.
For more information about the Dror Co-counseling Community use the World Contact Link at upper right.

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“Co-Counseling Helps Me”

“Co-Counseling Helps Me” is the second in a series of videos produced by CCI-USA.
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~ Thanks from Emily and Bob

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“Safe Places”

Anne Buchalski describes Safe Places as “…places where we feel whole, sound, protected and alive.”   Thank you, Anne for detailing how Co-Counseling can create such a place.

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“Safe Places”

Excerpts from an article* by Anne Buchalski, LMT, CST, Board Certified

Safe Places are those places, both external and internal, where we feel secure, comfortable and at peace. They are the places where we feel whole, sound, protected and alive.

They are locations where we know we won’t be hurt or attacked or judged.

Sometimes they are groups or individuals who we know will accept us for who we are, encourage us to connect with the best of ourselves and simply love or like us just the way we are right now even with our imperfections.

There are several external places where I have gone myself or referred clients or friends to find acceptance in a community or group environment.

The first group is Co-Counseling International or CCI.

I have found an amazing community of supportive and loving people in CCI who have helped me uncover and know my innate goodness and help me open my heart to share my gifts with the world.

Co-Counseling is a peer process involving two people who share time in a session to heal past and present hurts, to celebrate growth and make intentional change. For half the session one person is in the “counselor” role and the other is in the “client” role. For the second half of the session the roles switch. The “client” determines the type of support she or he wants from the “counselor”. A contract for that support is agreed upon by both co-counselors and always includes an agreement to hold the content of the session in strict confidence.

Co-Counseling is founded on the principle that we each have within us our own answers.

When we give ourselves time to explore in the presence of aware and caring support from the “counselor” we are able to find those answers, heal hurts and move forward. Co-counseling helps us to identify and safely discharge or let go of distress feelings, teaches us to validate and affirm our special qualities and gifts and gives us the skills and practice we need to take charge of our lives.

Co-Counseling is about celebrating who we are!

*The full article, “Safe Places”, originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of “The Door Opener”

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The Power of “Sessions”

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Co-Counseling is done by two people who divide time equally in “sessions.”

Thanks Tom for your perspective on the power of “sessions.”

The Power of “Sessions”   by Tom Alvord

The things that make a “session” so powerful for me are:

  • the energy I get from another’s aware, caring attention
  • the respect for the fact that we have our own answers inside of us
  • being in the presence of an aware, caring, nonjudgmental, non-evaluating witness
  • the trust that develops
  • the positive effects on my relationship with myself and with others
  • it’s the first time in my life I’ve consistently had opportunities to be this open about what’s really going on in my life
  • introspection is much more beneficial when done in conjunction with co-counseling
  • “sessions” help me question negative thinking
  • “sessions” help me see myself
  • “sessions” help me to be “in touch” with myself
  • these benefits help me to be less critical, less blaming and more accepting of others

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