Creating a Community of Deep Listeners.

Reevaluation Counseling Class with Jesse Tichenor and Didi Pershouse starting in January 2009.  Thetford VT. Sliding scale.   For more information about the class, please contact Didi Pershouse at (802)785-2503.

Re-evaluation counseling, or “Co-counseling” has changed my life in a profound way, and helped me to understand and change some of my deepest patterns that years of therapy never touched, and I am very pleased to be assisting Jesse, one of my teachers, in this upcoming class. Jesse runs the Deep Community program at Dartmouth College.

Co-counseling–also called Re-evaluation Counseling–is a truly sustainable way to take care of your mental health, and create social change in the process. Instead of paying someone a lot of money to listen to you, co-counseling trains people to counsel each other, for free. Once you have taken the class, then you are part of this world-wide community of delightful intelligent people–and can go anywhere in the world and have a community of caring people willing to hold your hand, look deep into your eyes and really listen. Here’s how they explain it on their website: (www.rc.org)

“Re-evaluation Counseling is a process whereby people of all ages and of all backgrounds can learn how to exchange effective help with each other in order to free themselves from the effects of past distress experiences.

Re-evaluation Counseling theory provides a model of what a human being can be like in the area of his/her interaction with other human beings and his/her environment. The theory assumes that everyone is born with tremendous intellectual potential, natural zest, and lovingness, but that these qualities have become blocked and obscured in adults as the result of accumulated distress experiences (fear, hurt, loss, pain, anger, embarrassment, etc.) which begin early in our lives.

Any young person would recover from such distress spontaneously by use of the natural process of emotional discharge (crying, trembling, raging, laughing, etc.). However, this natural process is usually interfered with by well-meaning people (“Don’t cry,” “Be a big boy,” etc.) who erroneously equate the emotional discharge (the healing of the hurt) with the hurt itself.

When adequate emotional discharge can take place, the person is freed from the rigid pattern of behavior and feeling left by the hurt. The basic loving, cooperative, intelligent, and zestful nature is then free to operate. Such a person will tend to be more effective in looking out for his or her own interests and the interests of others, and will be more capable of acting successfully against injustice.

In recovering and using the natural discharge process, two people take turns counseling and being counseled. The one acting as the counselor listens, draws the other out and permits, encourages, and assists emotional discharge. The one acting as client talks and discharges and re-evaluates. With experience and increased confidence and trust in each other, the process works better and better.”

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