Embracing Our Shadow & Giving It Voice

Don’t miss Matthew Holloran’s institute, “Embracing our Shadow & Giving it Voice,”at our upcoming annual conference!

“We are all full humans therefore nothing human can be foreign to us,”–Maya Angelo.

This small group process will use the framework of our personal shadow and the tension it creates in a group process. Can we meet our shadow?  Can we express our truth, even when we think it is unacceptable or ugly?  Using modern psychoanalytic and contemplative interventions, group members will be asked to risk putting their thoughts, feelings and impulses into words, and explore the persistent group tension of “belonging versus individuation.” Holding both a mindful awareness of one’s intent and the impact of communication, group members will be invited to explore their fear of difference and the various “-isms” that we experience as “full humans” as well as the fear of sharing hopes and fears in the face of relationship. As therapists, the more we accept our full humanity, the more we can help our clients’ accept theirs.

Matthew Holloran, JD, LPC, CACIII, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He sees individuals, couples and groups. He has worked with a diverse clientele including people working with addiction, depression, mid life transition, divorce, criminal justice system issues and interpersonal challenges. Aside from private practice, Matthew has run groups at a local veteran’s center, Boulder Alcohol Education Center, Boulder Public Health and the Boulder County Jail. He has also taught and led Small Group Process in the Naropa University Master’s in Contemplative Psychotherapy since 2008. He believes in the healing and learning power of group.