If life experiences have led you to be afraid of your anger or to block your anger, this workshop is for you.

If you have struggled with 'managing' anger, this workshop is for you. 

If you rarely experience the emotion of anger, this workshop is for you! 

Anger is perhaps the most stigmatized human emotion. We are afraid of it and we criticize it. We try our best to suppress it or to not even acknowledge it. But anger is there. One way or another, sooner or later, it will show itself. 

Have you ever experienced 'shutting down' in the moment of a conversation, and later observed that thoughts and feelings about that exchange just kept lingering and firing up in your mind?

Have you ever noticed passive aggression of your own, or been on the receiving end of others?

Does your anger either never shows, or explodes when it does? 

In this workshop, we will learn to build a different relationship with anger. We will learn to listen to our anger compassionately and skillfully. We will learn practices that help us understand and effectively express the message of our anger. Like any other emotions we have, anger wants and needs to be heard, and acknowledging and working with anger is the best way to 'manage' it. We will discover the connections between ANGER, POWER, and LOVE.

ANGER is a messenger that often connects with our POWER and boundaries.  

True POWER does not dominate. True Power promotes self-respect and respect for others. 

LOVE grows when authenticity and trust grow. 

About the approach:

In this workshop, you will experience practices inspired by Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), an integrative approach of different dimensions, such as Buddhist philosophy, evolutionary psychology, affective neuroscience, and psychotherapeutic techniques. This is an approach that has been constructed to allow for the work of the relation to others and ourselves. The workshop will be highly experiential and provide practical self-practice strategies. You will be guided to gently ease into the practices.

About the content:

The workshop will be composed of four 3.5-hour sessions on four Saturdays in the beginning of 2022 (January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, see times for different time zones above). 

In Session 1, we will introduce the overarching goals of the workshop. You will be gently welcomed to settle into the circle of fellow participants. Everyone will co-create a space of respect, deep listening, and collective wisdom. 

In Session 2, we will focus on understanding and experiencing anger as an opportunity for self-discovery. You will be invited to work on experiencing physiological sensations and feelings associated with anger as natural and friendly processes. Together, we will learn to listen to, regulate, and respond to these messages. You will also be guided to reflect on ways to take constructive actions in response to the messages of anger. 

In Session 3, we will continue to deepen our listening skills. Anger is often associated with other emotions, our needs, and the boundaries we set or do not set. We will create space to understand and reconnect anger with love, and explore ways that deeper messages of anger help us create authentic connections with others. 

In Session 4, we will practice integrating the different internal processes associated with anger, and find the way back to our inner power. Becoming a leader of our own life starts with accepting and understanding ourselves. We will explore practices that help cultivate internal strength and safeness to facilitate the process of coming back home to oneself. 

About the facilitators:

Chia-Ying Chou, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, born and raised in Taiwan, and currently based in California, U.S. She specializes in trauma and hoarding, and is director of the San Francisco Center for Compassion-Focused Therapies. Chia-Ying's work is influenced by her personal spiritual and somatic practices.  

Chris Fraser, MSW, is an author and social worker in private practice based in Ohio, U.S. He has devoted decades of work in helping adults and children embrace their inner strength using an authentic pairing of Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Chris is co-founder of Compassionate Mind Collaborative.

Isabelle Leboeuf, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Lille, France. She is an expert in social joy and compassion. In her private practice, she integrates hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. More about Isabelle's work can be found on her website.


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