Purpose: Help your partner access new insight on a complex situation by centering their challenge in your attention.
Before the session
Choose any situation from your life that:
Feels alive for you
You can talk about in concrete and specific terms
In which you are the main protagonist
You feel some uncertainty or confusion
Can be shared in under 10 minutes
During the session
Start with quick check-ins and decide roles and time allocations
Focus person share their situation
Listener is in charge of timekeeping
10 minutes (timed) - Focus person shares their story/challenge/unresolved situation
3 mins (timed) - Stillness where both focus on intuition. Journalling or sketching if helpful.
5 mins (timed) - Listener mirrors back feelings, images, sensations, gestures, postures that came up. No advice :)
10-20 mins (timed) - Generative dialogue: both explore ideas that are coming up
If there's time, you may want to switch roles — or you could do that in a future session.
Appreciation and closing, plan for next session.
I first encountered this approach when I did u.Lab at the Presencing Institute. Here is some information about what they call "Case Clinics."