The House Within – how to understand and manage our emotions
Being able to manage your emotions is one of the strongest determinants of life long wellbeing, and yet, as a community, we know little about how our emotions work. We know that sometimes we feel anxious or sad or excited or disappointed, we may be self attacking or give up hope, but we don’t understand the relationship between different feelings or how to be in control of our emotional reactions. This is key to helping ourselves and to helping others we live or work with. The House Within is a simple, practical and enjoyable way of explaining how our emotional system works and how we can manage our emotions so we can become more calm, focussed, creative and productive, no matter what stresses we are experiencing. We may want to teach this model to our clients, students or patients, or family as a way of helping them to enhance their wellbeing also.
You will learn a whole new, simple and practical way of understanding how our emotional regulation system works. This new knowledge will give you ways of changing how you are feeling when you need to or want to. You will learn to be in charge of your emotions instead of them being in charge of you
You will learn how to be calm, focussed, creative and productive no matter what situation you find yourself in or what pressures you are dealing with.
You will learn a new way of understanding why we sometimes engage in self attacking thoughts and how they can be useful in helping us to know where we are emotionally.
You will gain a whole new vocabulary for understanding emotional states including, stirred up feelings, stirred down feelings, “bunny hopping thinking”, “roundabout thinking” “recruiting”, “the point of no return”, and many others.
You will learn how managing your emotions can be helpful at home and at work, and how your emotional regulation can improve your interactions in both these contexts.
You will learn how to teach The House Within model of emotional regulation to your clients, students, patients or family, if appropriate. A manual is available to assist you.
Pauline Pearson is a social worker and psychotherapist who has been in private practice in Carlton for the past 17 years. She was previously the Manager of Counselling at Doncare for many years and has worked at the University of Melbourne Counselling Service and Albert Road Clinic. Pauline’s skill is in translating complex understanding into simple and practical approaches.