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Are you in need of real help? Are you feeling stressed, stuck, angry? Come and have a session with Amanda. She is a highly trained therapist and will help you find solutions. Amanda is based in JOHANNESBURG.

Amandas practice is near Randburg and Fourways.
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AMANDA GIFFORD is a highly qualified Counsellor, Expressive Arts Therapist and Family Constellations facilitator & Systemic Coach running a individual counselling sessions and creative arts therapy sessions for individuals to have access to creative transpersonal transformation.

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MA PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELLING, DRAMA THERAPY
HPCSA REGISTERED BA ( UCT) BA Hons ( UCT) MA Couns. Psychology, Drama Therapy (CIIS) AT 0000027 HPCSA Practice Number available.

@AMANDA Therapist in Randburg Johannesburg
Individual, Couples, Family Sessions – Family Constellations, Systemic Solutions.
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Treatment Areas

Deliberate Living, Creative Thinking.
Coaching, Envisioning, Creating positive futures, Goal setting and goal achievement
Stepping into your personal power
Living and working from your core values
Living and working with passion and purpose
Confidence, self-esteem and happiness
Emotional Intelligence
Life Skills Development
Lateral thinking
Interpersonal Communication
Relationships (at home and at work)
Personal Development
Personal Transformation
Personal Management
Life Management
Career Development
Leadership Development
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Relationship Issues & Conflict
Stress Management
Fatigue, burnout and loss of enthusiasm
Health/medical issues
Bereavement
Anxiety and Depression
Sleeping Disorders
Trouble getting pregnant

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Family Constellations – a definition

Amanda offers weekly Family Constellations and sees clients individually in her private practice. Family Constellations plus Counselling can address themes of almost any nature.

Themes that people have addressed are:

Depression
Sleep Disorders
Illness
Eating Disorders
Financial Issues like Debt
Concerns around pregnancy
Health
Relationships
Family issues
and much more

Family Constellations

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Family Constellations

Family Constellations also known as Systemic Constellations and Systemic Family Constellations is an alternativetherapeutic method which draws on elements of family systems therapy, existential phenomenology and Zuluattitudes to family.[1] In a single session, a Family Constellation supposedly attempts to reveal a previously unrecognized systemic dynamic that spans multiple generations in a given family and to resolve the deleterious effects of that dynamic by encouraging the subject to encounter representatives of the past and accept the factual reality of the past.
Family Constellations diverges significantly from conventional forms of cognitivebehaviour and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The method has been described by physicists as quantum quackery, and its founder Bert Hellingerincorporates the pseudoscientific idea of morphic resonance into his explanation of it. Positive outcomes from the therapy have been attributed to conventional explanations such as suggestion and empathy.[2]
Practitioners claim that present-day problems and difficulties may be influenced by traumas suffered in previous generations of the family, even if those affected now are unaware of the original event in the past. Hellinger referred to the relation between present and past problems that are not caused by direct personal experience as Systemic entanglements, said to occur when unresolved trauma has afflicted a family through an event such as murder, suicide, death of a mother in childbirth, early death of a parent or sibling, war, natural disaster, emigration, or abuse.[3] The psychiatrist Iván Böszörményi-Nagyreferred to this phenomenon as Invisible Loyalties.[4]

Conceptual basis

The philosophical orientation of Family Constellations were derived through an integration of existential phenomenology family systems therapy and elements of indigenous spiritual mysticism.
The phenomenological lineage can be traced through philosophers Franz BrentanoEdmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. This perspective stands in contrast to the positivist reductionist orientation of the scientific psychology. Rather than understanding mind, emotion and consciousness in terms of its constituent parts, existential phenomenology opens perception to the full panorama of human experience and seeks to grasp a sense of meaning.[5]
Family Constellations take their form from family systems psychology. Leading figures in this movement whose influence can be recognized include Jacob Moreno, the founder of psychodramaIván Böszörményi-Nagy, the pioneer of transgenerational systemic thinking; Milton Erickson, a pioneer of brief therapy and hypnotherapy; Eric Berne who conceived the concept of life scripts; and Virginia Satir, who developed family sculpture, the precursor of Systemic Constellations.[5] In the past decade, further advancements in the use of the process have been innovated by practitioners throughout the world.
The process draws from indigenous spiritual mysticism to contribute towards releasing tensions, lightening emotional burdens, and resolving real-world problems. Hellinger lived as a Roman Catholic priest in South Africa for 16 years in the 1950s and 1960s. During these years, he became fluent in the Zululanguage, participated in their rituals, and gained an appreciation for their distinct worldview.[5]
Of particular importance is the difference between traditional Zulu attitudes toward parents and ancestors and those typically held by Europeans. Heideggerpostulated that to be human is to find oneself thrown into a world with no clear logical, ontological, or moral structure.[6] In Zulu culture, Hellinger found a certitude and equanimity that were the hallmarks of Heidegger’s elusive authentic Self. The traditional Zulu people lived and acted in a religious world in which the ancestors were the central focal point. The ancestors were regarded as positive, constructive, and creative presences.[7] The connection with ancestors is a central feature of the Constellation process.
The term “Family Constellations” was first used by Alfred Adler in a somewhat different context to refer to the phenomenon that each individual belongs to and is bonded in relationship to other members of his or her family system.

The method

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Family Constellations

This description is the prototype group Family Constellation as developed by Bert Hellinger in the 1990s.[5] Many practitioners have blended Constellation work with psychological aspects of healing. Others have kept the classic form as taught by Bert Hellinger, such as the Constellation Approach.[8]The Constellation Approach merges concepts of Family Constellations, energy medicine, and consciousness studies to complement the understanding of classic Constellation methodology.
  • A group (workshop) is led by a facilitator. In turn, members of the group can explore an urgent personal issue. Generally, several members will be given an opportunity to set up a Constellation in each session.
  • After a brief interview, the facilitator suggests who will be represented in the Constellation. These are usually a representative for the seeker, one or more family members, and sometimes abstract concepts such as “depression” or a country.
  • The person presenting the issue (seeker or client) asks people from the group to stand in the Constellation as representatives. He or she arranges the representatives according to what feels right in the moment. The seeker then sits down and observes.
  • Several minutes elapse with the representatives standing still and silent in their places. Initially, unlike psychodrama, the representatives do not act, pose, dialogue or role play.
  • Emphasis is placed on perceptive intuition in placing the representatives and in subsequent steps of the procedure. The aim is supposedly to tune into what the psychiatrist Albrecht Mahr describes as the Knowing Field[9] and former biologist Rupert Sheldrake has suggested is morphic resonance.[10] The Knowing Field is claimed to guide participants to perceive and articulate feelings and sensation that mirror those of the real family members they represent; however, representative perception (morphic resonance) is not a concept with any scientific basis. The representatives have little or no factual knowledge about those they represent. Nevertheless, the representatives usually experience feelings or physical sensations that are thought to inform the process.
  • The facilitator may ask each representative to briefly report how they feel being placed in relation to the others. The facilitator, seeker, and group members may believe they perceive an underlying dynamic in the spacial arrangement and feelings held by the representatives that influence the presenting personal issue. Often, configuring multiple generations in a family is thought to reveal that severe traumas continue to unconsciously affect the living long after the original victims or perpetrators have died.
  • A healing resolution for the issue generally is supposedly achieved after re-positioning the representatives and adding key members of the system who have been forgotten or written out of the family history. When every representative feels right in his or her place and the other representatives agree, the facilitator may suggest one or two sentences to be spoken aloud. If the representatives do not feel at peace with their new position or sentences, they can move again or try a different sentence. This is claimed, in an abstract way, to represent a possible resolution of the issues faced by the seeker. Sometimes the process concludes without a full resolution being achieved.
  • When the facilitator feels that the healing resolution has taken hold among the representatives, the seeker is invited to “replace his/her representative in the Constellation”. This supposedly allows the seeker to perceive how it feels to be part of a reconfigured system. When everyone feels comfortable in their place, the Constellation concludes.

Intuition in Business – Business Constellations

Business Constellations or Organizational Constellations are a fairly new method of revealing the real causes of problems and issues in your business.

Business constellations and organizational constellations are both synonyms for a a powerful, relatively new method to analyze complex problems, find sustainable solutions and free the energy to take the necessary steps. They give you in-depth insight and help you to establish the source of a problem in a short time. Business constellations can be used for analysis purposes or to gain insight into a decision you need to make as a leader. Business constellations can also bring new resolutions to the company and release energy and resources in the organization.

Business constellations are a variation of family constellations that are used in therapy to transform personal issues and create balance in personal relationships.

Where can business constellations help?

Constellations are a great intuitive management method to use with complex or repetitive problems. Areas in which business constellations are the ideal solution include:

Management decisions about transformations in the organization e.g. mergers, reorganizations

Marketing (intuitive marketing) e.g. what marketing channels to use, which products to develop, identifying why sales are dropping

Leadership

Strategy development

Diagnosing the root cause of complex or repetitive problems

When you sense there is something wrong, but cannot put your finger on

When there is a conflict and the source is uncertain or doesn’t appear to make sense

Goal setting

Team building and resolving problems in teams

Business constellations focus on business questions. The following steps describe the process of a business constellation.

Typically a manager, entrepreneur or business owner with a question comes to constellation workshop. In a short interview the facilitator explores the question an together with the manager he decides upon the main elements that are important for the question. Examples of elements: a new product, a management team, a department, a goal, a market, a marketing strategy, money or the reason the company was founded.

Then the manager chooses representatives for the elements. These representatives are other participants of the workshop who do not know anything about the question nor the company.

He then places the representatives intuitively in the space in a way that represents his inner image of the situation. He than sits back and becomes the spectator of the constellation. Guided by the facilitator the representatives of the elements share what they observe and sense. They can also move based on their inner movement.

Slowly but forcefully a pattern emerges which is not created by rational thinking but by embodied knowledge and intuitive wisdom. This way the hidden dynamics of the organization or team are shown. Aided by the facilitator and the information that the representatives show, a path to a solution emerges.

From experience with many many constellations, I can tell that not only is the mind fed with an insight about the solution, at a much deeper level the whole system has been rebalanced and this way a new reality has been created. As a result energy is released to take the necessary steps.

The way representatives embody the information needed for this specific organization is called somatic information. It is completely different from acting, since it emerges as soon as particpants are placed as representatives and the information disappears as soon as they are released from their role as representative.

This phenomenon has been researched a lot. They have concluded that business or organizational constellations do work and bring results. They have not found the actual mechanics behind it. I think they never will, because this is not about mechanics. It is about tuning into a deeper level of consciousness.

https://www.intuition-in-business.com/agenda/5-areas-apply-business-constellations/

What is the Link with Theory U and Teal Organizations?

Business Constellations are a great way to tap into the subconscious level and retrieve information that is normally not available to us. This enables us to broaden our sensing much more than when using other methods. Moreover learning to facilitate constellations requires you to develop your sensing skills and intuition. That is what you will surely learn in this training. It helps you connect with the source at the bottom of the U and by doing so you can help your clients connect to the source as well.

The basic stance for a facilitator is an open mind, open heart and open will as well as being connected to what is called the empty middle. This stance helps you to follow the energy of the constellation instead of controlling it with your mind and will. By following the flow of the constellation, the results are much more impactful.

This will enable you to facilitate people and organizations to find solutions that are sustainable and already in sync with the emerging future, and that are good for the organization, the people and the planet.

Business constellations are a systemic way of looking at businesses that helps us to create organizations that work in a natural and balanced way. Constellations are grounded in a holistic and interdependent view of the world. They are based on the premise that there are neither perpetrators nor victims, that parts of a system contain all information of the whole and that there is a system consciousness that affects everything and everyone in the system. Such a systemic wapproach to businesses could help us render any team or organization successful but also offer a doorway that help us co-create the next generation of organizations (referred to as “teal” in Reinventing Organizations by Fréderic Laloux) based on wholeness, evolutionary purpose and self-management.

How Do Constellations Relate to Social Presencing Theatre, Gestalt therapy and Psycho Drama?

Bert Hellinger, the founder of constellations (first family constellations) based this method on gestalt therapy and psycho drama. What he added was sensing and tapping into the collective consciousness to bring up information in different forms (words, postures, movements) that helps the client to identify the root cause of the problem and to find the sustainable solution.

Other than in Social Presencing Theatre, constellations emerge from a question. They not only show the current reality with its many layers, but add the path to resolving the issues at hand. The amazing aspect is that when more peace and balance has evolved in a constellation, the same is true for the real world outside the workshop room. People behave differently, the client thinks differently and old patterns seem to have vanished.

Constellations are both an experience of sensing and connecting with one’s intuition, as well as a way of bringing more balance and healing to systems.

This Article was written by https://www.intuition-in-business.com

Amanda Gifford is a Systemic Constellations facilitator in Johannesburg who runs Constellations for more information contact her amanda@geniuslab.co.za.

Business Constellations

I loved this article on Business Constellations from Martijn Meima, It succinctly summarises Business Constellations. I am offering Business Constellations here in South Africa and want to find people with businesses that would be interested in applying it. For more on Business Constellations email amanda {at} geniuslab.co.za

Business Constellations or Organizational Constellations are a fairly new method of revealing the real causes of problems and issues in your business.

Business constellations and organizational constellations are both synonyms for a a powerful, relatively new method to analyze complex problems, find sustainable solutions and free the energy to take the necessary steps. They give you in-depth insight and help you to establish the source of a problem in a short time. Business constellations can be used for analysis purposes or to gain insight into a decision you need to make as a leader. Business constellations can also bring new resolutions to the company and release energy and resources in the organization.

Business constellations are a variation of family constellations that are used in therapy to transform personal issues and create balance in personal relationships.

Where can business constellations help?

Constellations are a great intuitive management method to use with complex or repetitive problems. Areas in which business constellations are the ideal solution include:

Management decisions about transformations in the organization e.g. mergers, reorganizations

Marketing (intuitive marketing) e.g. what marketing channels to use, which products to develop, identifying why sales are dropping

Leadership

Strategy development

Diagnosing the root cause of complex or repetitive problems

When you sense there is something wrong, but cannot put your finger on

When there is a conflict and the source is uncertain or doesn’t appear to make sense

Goal setting

Team building and resolving problems in teams

Business constellations focus on business questions. The following steps describe the process of a business constellation.

Typically a manager, entrepreneur or business owner with a question comes to constellation workshop. In a short interview the facilitator explores the question an together with the manager he decides upon the main elements that are important for the question. Examples of elements: a new product, a management team, a department, a goal, a market, a marketing strategy, money or the reason the company was founded.

Then the manager chooses representatives for the elements. These representatives are other participants of the workshop who do not know anything about the question nor the company.

He then places the representatives intuitively in the space in a way that represents his inner image of the situation. He than sits back and becomes the spectator of the constellation. Guided by the facilitator the representatives of the elements share what they observe and sense. They can also move based on their inner movement.

Slowly but forcefully a pattern emerges which is not created by rational thinking but by embodied knowledge and intuitive wisdom. This way the hidden dynamics of the organization or team are shown. Aided by the facilitator and the information that the representatives show, a path to a solution emerges.

From experience with many many constellations, I can tell that not only is the mind fed with an insight about the solution, at a much deeper level the whole system has been rebalanced and this way a new reality has been created. As a result energy is released to take the necessary steps.

The way representatives embody the information needed for this specific organization is called somatic information. It is completely different from acting, since it emerges as soon as particpants are placed as representatives and the information disappears as soon as they are released from their role as representative.

This phenomenon has been researched a lot. They have concluded that business or organizational constellations do work and bring results. They have not found the actual mechanics behind it. I think they never will, because this is not about mechanics. It is about tuning into a deeper level of consciousness.

What is the Link with Theory U and Teal Organizations?

Business Constellations are a great way to tap into the subconscious level and retrieve information that is normally not available to us. This enables us to broaden our sensing much more than when using other methods. Moreover learning to facilitate constellations requires you to develop your sensing skills and intuition. That is what you will surely learn in this training. It helps you connect with the source at the bottom of the U and by doing so you can help your clients connect to the source as well.

From Martijn-Meima-Organizational-Constellation

The basic stance for a facilitator is an open mind, open heart and open will as well as being connected to what is called the empty middle. This stance helps you to follow the energy of the constellation instead of controlling it with your mind and will. By following the flow of the constellation, the results are much more impactful.

This will enable you to facilitate people and organizations to find solutions that are sustainable and already in sync with the emerging future, and that are good for the organization, the people and the planet.

Business constellations are a systemic way of looking at businesses that helps us to create organizations that work in a natural and balanced way. Constellations are grounded in a holistic and interdependent view of the world. They are based on the premise that there are neither perpetrators nor victims, that parts of a system contain all information of the whole and that there is a system consciousness that affects everything and everyone in the system. Such a systemic wapproach to businesses could help us render any team or organization successful but also offer a doorway that help us co-create the next generation of organizations (referred to as “teal” in Reinventing Organizations by Fréderic Laloux) based on wholeness, evolutionary purpose and self-management.

How Do Constellations Relate to Social Presencing Theatre, Gestalt therapy and Psycho Drama?

Bert Hellinger, the founder of constellations (first family constellations) based this method on gestalt therapy and psycho drama. What he added was sensing and tapping into the collective consciousness to bring up information in different forms (words, postures, movements) that helps the client to identify the root cause of the problem and to find the sustainable solution.

Other than in Social Presencing Theatre, constellations emerge from a question. They not only show the current reality with its many layers, but add the path to resolving the issues at hand. The amazing aspect is that when more peace and balance has evolved in a constellation, the same is true for the real world outside the workshop room. People behave differently, the client thinks differently and old patterns seem to have vanished.

Constellations are both an experience of sensing and connecting with one’s intuition, as well as a way of bringing more balance and healing to systems.

Were Can I Learn to Become a Business Constellations Facilitator?

Business-constellation-floormarkerIn the 5-day training Facilitating Business Constellations you will learn the basics in order to be able to facilitate business constellations. It will teach you the basics of systemic thinking, the basics of setting up a constellation and most of all the stance of a facilitator. You will learn to use your intuition and trust the flow of the constellation. The biggest part of the training is practicing, because I believe that by practicing and getting feedback you will become a better facilitator.

YES, I WANT TO LEARN TO FACILITATE BUSINESS CONSTELLATIONS

Learn More About Business Constellations

In this webinar I tell you more about business constellations, what you can use them for and you experience the power of business constellations in an exercice we do.

 

Amanda is a transformer

From Kaypacha:  – Amanda is a transformer. A dreamer. An earth angel. A change agent and a sweetheart. She can help people transform as a result of relating to her. She has a sense of her own personal power and has done a good amount of inner and outer work to dive in deep with her clients. She will help you work with the idea of BEING DIVINE ORDER. She works with you to resolve the question Who Am I? She will help you with metamorphosis on a deep soul level. Some say she is “from the future” and far out there in her work bring things from the periphery into your awareness. She is a visionary and a prophet in her work and will help you bring new concepts into your mind and body. She is also good with the Underworld work at the same time as being able to hold the weird and wonderful and she has an amazing sense of idealism and imagination to tap into all potential.”

She is Drama Therapist in private practice who currently lives, trains and consults in Johannesburg, South Africa in the North of Johannesburg at Windrush Studio.cropped-cropped-IMG_31061.jpg
She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology majoring in Transpersonal Orientation to Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco California graduating in 2003, a BA and BA Honours from University of Cape Town in English and Drama.  Amanda has a private practice in Johannesburg offering sessions for individuals, couples, families, business groups, NGOS and community.

Amanda has a Youtube Channel called geniustv Where you can find out a bit more about her passions.

Sessions on request
To Book Phone: 078 499 6472 ( South Africa)
Also Intermational Zoom and Long Distance Constellations.

FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS INSIGHTS & FEEDBACK

FEEDBACK FROM DR BULATOV on AMANDAS FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS

“INSIGHTS INTO FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS (21st August 2017) 

By Dr S V Bulatov – registered homeopath

I have known the principles of the family constellations for many years but had never participated.

My first experience with Amanda was very enlightening and empowering although it was not done on me. I just have been invited to assist the group.

I have realized that the family constellations are based on the following principles:

  1. The 11th commandment: “Love one another…” and “Faith without deeds is dead”. Each one of us had the pure intention to help the others and acted on it with truthful words, role play and dynamic movement.
  2. The fundamental laws of quantum physics:

-the least effort creates the biggest ripple effect;

-the one quant of the right energy balances the whole system.

      3. The practical application of Einstein-Podolski-Rosen experiment.

      4. Releasing the bondage created by the sins of the ancestors from the father and mother side and soul ties in present life.

      5. Releasing the negative effects from the morphic field that we have been exposed to during our life.

      6. The tremendous power of truthful words/role play/dynamic movements vs focused thoughts/intentions sent to another person like in hoponopono.

      7. The ease of expression in participants due to the playful, free flow, non-judgemental nature of the process.

      8. The spontaneous connection with the intuition, conscience and inner child without any mind interference.

      9. The instant transformation that takes place.

10. The profound positive effect that is created in the individual, group, community, human population, solar system and all galaxies.” Dr Bulotov

“Being part of the family constellation has helped me realize that some of the problems we experience are not just new issues they are a chain from our  past and some are linked with our ancestors and more importantly I learnt that acceptance and positive attitude is what makes a person be able to address issues. The constellation has healing movements, It teaches deep love towards family and our loved ones.. And mostly it makes us new people. At the end of the day it’s about the roots I’m glad I attended the constellation and I’m looking forward to many more. Thank you.” Zanele (August 2017)

Finding your Authentic Voice Training with Amanda Gifford

Amanda Gifford designs and runs courses using a mix of techniques including Circles, Authentic Relating Games, Image Theatre, Personal Story telling or Self Revelatory theatre, Dance, Voice Coaching, Relaxation, Breathing, Mudra Theatre game for eye contact and presence and her unique brand of coaching through creativity to help you find your Voice. The feedback ” Amanda is amazing!” , April 2016

Reflections on Drama Therapy in Corporate Trainings by Amanda Gifford Edit article Published on August 18, 2016

This was written in reflection on the use of Drama Therapy in Corporate Settings for a Masters in Drama Therapy student at WITS. “I have always incorporated drama therapy into my work at corporates but never called drama therapy i just use it within the workshop to facilitate experiential learning processes. So if i am running Personal Mastery or EQ or Communication or Conflict resolution or Stress Management for example then the games are great to help people to warm up to each other and get into their bodies, and keep things interactive.

I also tell clients all the time (especially at the Voice Clinic) that 80% communication is body language and so we must move our language to our bodies in order to enhance and deepen our communication so your communication is full bodied and coherent – when people are confident in their bodies they can communicate much more effectively – drama therapy assists in this.  We must do experiential processes because this grows our comfort with our body ( which is the seat of the subconscious mind – its the place that we carry our past but can also repogramme it and put in new experiences – like a garden) and once we are comfortable in our body – our communication effectiveness is enhanced.

I use a lot of Augusto Boal’s work in an Executive Coaching context helping clients to explore where they are at now, where they want to be and how to get there. This is my first session with most individual and group corporate situations and I adapt it to suite many different settings and themes…
This is one of the axis points around which I design most of my interventions. Once a person has explore these 3 things, then i design the next level of intervention around their transitional phase and what emerged as a step to get them to where they want to go.
This creates great buy in. I work around their needs… individual needs and desires and then I link it into their work. John Demartini talks alot of linking and aligning values. He does alot of coporate work internationally. The Quantum Collapse Method. He was in the movie The Secret.

What I have found is that once you get teams sharing where they are at, both personally and professionally, with eachother, this begins to create great rapport and understanding, it creates empathy and really enhances team work because everyone has a good understanding of what is really going on for the other person. It bonds people.

When people share and are vulnerable with eachother, they build good relationships and this makes a huge difference at work. It is a bit of a skill though to make sure that you don’t go too deep and too personal if the group is not comfortable with it.

I have used this method everywhere. With banks, insurance companies, business schools and its very effective.

When I have more in depth ( say 12 sessions) with a client and they agree to doing deeper work on themselves then I can bring in more drama therapy interventions. Its just they way you put it to people. Depending on how open people are you can call it interactive mind mapping or practicing communication skills.

I find there really is no resistance if its set up right and it matches whats needed and expected by the corporate and that results are delivered.
I bring in my own understanding into all workshops that I facilitate and use Drama Therapy to keep it embodied and real.
Drama Therapy ideas practices and principles are vast and can be easily applied in corporate settings. its all about packaging and then you use the drama therapy inside of the workshop to help people integrate or practice something.
People love the work that I do.
I have used Drama Therapy and Family Constellations in Innovation settings too.

I use games like mudra theatre from Authentic Relating In Power Speaking Courses which is a participant sitting in front of a group in silence just looking at the others… to practice eye contact with audience. It had a huge impact. I also use Self Revelatory theatre processes to help people explore their authentic voice. I tell people at the Voice Clinic that their inner voice emotions and wellbeing needs to be lined up with their outer voice. Once the inside is happier and focused then the outside comes more naturally. There is only so much that you can do on the outside if the inside of you is stressed and emotional. So I always link the inside work to the outside work and help people to explore their authentic voice through learning to tell their story and become more real.
This is always welcomed. I think people in corporates are craving it.

I ran a sales training course where I helped them to focus on themselves and then they became happier sales people. I always think that these people in corporates spend so much time focused on others and very little on themselves that once they can take care of themselves in a workshop- they can really free up a lot of energy to be there for other people in their work.
Its effective.!!!

When you give people space to focus on themselves and what they need, it can solve a lot of problems. It takes away their defenses. And I often say focus on what you can do something about and try and be light hearted and professional about the rest.

I use role reversal alot to help people develop empathy and insight. This helps with conflict and communication.

I don’t get people to ‘act things out’ like a psychodrama type setting it can alienate people – i use more of a kind of tapping in to what you feel in that role ( more Business Constellations type style)…it’s easier… more detached
I use Systemic Thinking from Family Systems Constellations thinking a lot in my work. This is a whole hour long conversation. Do you know about this idea of the morphogenetic field – Rupert Sheldrake?
My influences are around teaching people to explore their window of perception and how to externalise that, look at it, make changes and then re internalise.
These are thoughts off the top of my head.
Hope it makes sense.
Drama Therapy is really about embodiment and experiential learning.” Amanda Gifford.

TRAINING by Amanda Gifford Whats it about?

WHAT IS MY PRODUCT
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My product is a vast range of support, training and information about empowerment, creativity, change management and self mastery and how that can benefit sales and corporate teams and and I offer a range of skills that explore and apply that theme. I run individual therapy, coaching, workshops for individuals and groups from the Corporate sector as well as run a private practice in Johannesburg offering therapy to the public.

My Corporate training has a wide reach in the arena of confidence building, assertiveness training, personal mastery, emotional intelligence, innovation, thought leadership, conflict resolution, voice and public speaking training, stress management, business coaching around relationships, team building, creative facilitation, mindfulness and thought leadership.

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Corporate Clients come to me for an update in skills, to build awareness in areas of their own personal development, to work through stress, to manage their time and choices better at work, to set goals, to look at work life balance, to communicate more effectively, to find out what their areas of development are and begin working in that direction.

I work with individuals at all levels of business. CEO’s, CFO’s, sales, government, teams, tele sales consultants, secretaries, innovators, entrepreneurs, heads of departments, team leaders, all levels of people in business helping them to “Sharpen the Saw” as Stephen Covey calls it.

My process is simple. I help people to get clear on where they are at now, then where they want to be and then I help them explore different creative skills to help them get to where they want to be.

That process uses a combination of therapy, coaching, systemic constellations, personal mastery, emotional intelligence, communication skills, conflict resolution, visioning, creativity, time management, stress management, confidence building and other soft skills as needed.

My product is for the public and for corporates who want to take stock of their situation and start to empower themselves and upgrade their skills to get themselves to a more dynamic place both within their personal life and then in their teams or business settings.

My Methodology is a mix of creative skills taken from 20 years in the change industry, 15 years in the creative arts therapy, experiential facilitation and psychology realm facilitating individuals to remove blocks from their lives and find the key to move forward.

WHAT PROBLEMS DO PEOPLE HAVE?

There doesn’t seem to be one problem that my clients come in with. They could come to me because they are having a meltdown in their lives due to too many changes, or because they want to progress in their job but feel stuck and don’t know what to do to move forward. They need a place to reflect, get guidance, be supported in their changes and learn skills. They come to me because they want to be more professional in their lives, more confident, more creative, more present, more successful in their communications. They come to me because they want to build awareness, team support, need support to go to the next level of professionalism at work or to work on their confidence.
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SOME CLIENT CASES

I worked with the legal team at ABSA in 2016 on Stress management and found the problem to be one-upmanship, too much ego, trying to be superior ( more clever than anyone else), not supporting one another, underlying hurtful and unsupportive communication and doing this in the most sophisticated way that it was hard for anyone to hold them accountable.  Even though this is part of the nature of law, they couldn’t see how they were hurting eachother. They needed an intervention so that they could begin to identify group dynamics and be aware of the impact of this on their team and make changes to create a more conscious team with more supportive communication.  ( Too many sharks in one tank! If you know the DISC Communication Method). My method of working with self awareness and then sharing where you are at with the group, brought immediate compassion and support, allowing the team to witness eachothers difficulties and learn to be more vulnerable instead of think that you have to always know it all.

I worked with the CEO’s, CFO’s and heads of Marketing and the sales team of VISA in 2016 in a Effective and Dynamic Communications 2 day workshop and the problem was a lack of awareness in empathy and how to manage their stress and frustrations. They needed help to come down to the ground a bit as they work in a “fictional, cyber money realm” and were a bit like traders on the stock exchange on a manic phase. They were an extremely dynamic team who needed insight into how to make their team more dynamic and how to get their already effective sales techniques to the next level. Sometimes in working with ‘high flying teams’ when they all get to share where they are at and what is going on for them, the team comes away from focusing on clients needs and they start listening to each other, this can create a powerful bonding experience for the group. This bonding makes it easier for them to talk to each other and it dissolves hierarchies, and communication flows easier dissolving barriers to sales.

I have worked with Heads of Transformation at ABSA on working with polishing communication skills and insights into leadership style and how to move forward as a team leader with greater insight and motivation.

I have worked with CFO’s at FNB on their public speaking skills and learning to bring more of themselves into their talks. I focused my training on helping them tell their own story and use that and shape that into a motivational speech which became a tool for branding themselves and being more comfortable with transparent leadership and leading from example. This brings much more freedom, spontaneity, interest and life into someones communication.

I have worked with people in the Innovation Department at SAB who ran into complications and conflict in the workplace and needed a place to think about how to solve that and move forward.

I have worked with people who are starting out a business and have lost a big client and don’t have insight as to why.

I have worked with politicians who want to improve their speeches.

HOW DOES MY PRODUCT MEET THOSE NEEDS?

My technique with coaching public speakers is to help them connect to their own authentic voice and figure out how to bring that forward more. This increases their alignment from their inner voice to their outer voice instead of just polishing the outside and not looking at the cause of the problem.

I had a client who was high up in the political scene who was involved in a controversy that cased him a lot of trauma. As a result he was suffering from PTSD and couldn’t speak without massive stress at a book launch that was coming up for him with his new book.  He came to see me for Voice Coaching and Stress Management and I helped him uncover a deep seated belief that allowed him to let go of trying to prove himself and be right! He had a successful book launch.

Another client who every time she spoke in public she got extremely anxious. We worked on childhood issues around trying to please her strict father and her anxiety reduced itself and she made major steps in all areas of her life being able to set goals more clearly, leave work when she needed to, and managed her time without trying t please everybody all the time. She summarized her 12 sessions of Personal Empowerment with me as a “massive success”!

My work with groups

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I have a facilitated a number of dynamic and not so dynamic sales teams making the main focus on looking at themselves as a starter and where they can begin to explore the awareness of their own lives and where they need to apply self empowerment and self care practices which automatically moves them to become more available as sales people in the workplace. I have found that there is a direct correlation between someone getting the space to work n themselves and their personal life and their performance at work. Once issues that are in their inner circle are more resolved they directly apply the skills to the workplace and their confidence improves, their enthusiasm for life increases, the quality of their communication is radically improved and overall things start moving in a positive direction.

I help them to explore steps to improve their lives and them apply it to their workplace. Once the awareness process and the goal setting is in place, we work with time management, confidence building, quality of voice, stress management and other skills to shift them into a new place.

I have watched one client after the other in the years of my practice, quickly move towards where they want to be once they have gone through a 2 – 4 day training with me or a personal mastery oriented therapy for corporates coaching programme.

I have run many Power Speaking groups which focus on improving Public Speaking and the main problems I see is that individuals don’t do the inner work to take the heat of the stage. They feel scared when they stand up on stage because all of their unacknowledged fears or secrets feel like they are being amplified when they stand up in front of groups, so I find that the more I encourage people to have a safe space to tell their own stories on stage, the more resilient they become as public speakers because they are not so afraid to be seen or be real on stage anymore and they gain about 50% of their energy back just by starting to be honest and real and then their spontaneity and general energy as a communicator improves vastly. I encourage people to “be themselves” more and speak about their own experiences and use their own stories as a way in to their presentations. People need help to let go of the rigid formula and explore more of their own uniqueness as a value. I can do this because of my training in Drama Therapy which uses techniques from the theatre and being on stage to help people build confidence and explore their voice and expression.

THEMES

Improving Communication through Self Awareness

Improving Sales through Self Awareness and Personal Mastery

Aligning Inner Voice to Outer Voice

Freeing Up Inner Story which leads to changes in Outer world

Inside First

Your Unique Voice

Leaders who can tell their own story make more interesting speakers and leaders.

Unique Voice – Unique Leadership – Branding for Leaders

Developing Insight leads to Solutions

Sales Teams more dynamic with Personal Mastery/Self Care Time.

Great Leaders lead through their own story

Communication is more interesting when you connect with “I”

Take Control of Your Life

Space to Reflect

Change Your Inner System and your Outer System with benefit

Finding Your Power

Locating your Inner GPS

Looking through New Windows of Perception

Creative Facilitation Skills for facilitators and trainers

The power of the subconscious mind

Come and find your creative power.

For more details: email: theinnovationplayground@gmail.com or contact Amanda Gifford 078 499 6472

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