Learning to gain permission from the unconscious is a subtle clinical skill often overlooked in the course of our training. We’d like to offer you an opportunity to focus your continuing education in the direction of becoming more conscious of your unique impact on the therapeutic relationship. You will gain more understanding of how to assess client readiness as you facilitate progressively deeper levels of self-awareness. Upon completion of this course, participants will have demonstrated the ability to intentionally place attention on clinically relevant, yet less obvious, aspects of gaining permission of the unconscious in the therapeutic experience as a springboard for inspiring compassionate presence, enhancing relational depth, deepening therapeutic intimacy, advancing clinical work, and increasing positive clinical outcomes.

Integrative in its approach, this course includes insights from psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, Buddhist psychology, and trauma therapy, including perspectives from Philip Bromberg, Darlene Ehrenberg, Janina Fisher, Harold Searles, and John Welwood.


This course is designed specifically for mental health professionals and pre-professionals, yet all helping professionals are welcome to take the course if it feels advantageous to do so.

  • 2 CEs

    Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    Best suited for beginner to intermediate level practitioners, but especially exciting to those looking to enhance their theoretical approaches with self-reflection, self-awareness, and personal/professional growth. Please Note: CEs are awarded for instructional time only.

  • Self-paced course with video, audio, and text files for each lesson.

  • Practical assignments and learning experiences, with case examples, exercises, and meditations.


Deborah Yarock

Lead Instructor

Deborah Yarock, MFT is the co-founder of Inner Science Institute (InSci), providing courses and events for lifelong learners as well as mental health professionals interested in fulfilling continuing education units. An integrative institute informed by the inner sciences of psychology and spirituality, InSci offers transdisciplinary education and training to those interested in personal transformation, social change, and spiritual awakening. Deborah has degrees and training in integral counseling psychology, psychological process work, re-evaluation counseling, and extensive experience in all phases of addiction treatment. Since 1995, while teaching and mentoring pre-professionals in the field community mental health, Deborah expanded services by developing and running practicum sites. She has also created avenues to advance cultural competency, address stress and vicarious trauma, and encourage comprehensive grief support. Throughout her career, Deborah has respected and addressed the practical realities of life alongside deeper identity and soul-searching aspects of therapeutic work. To find out more about her psychotherapy practice, go to


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • describe what it means to gain permission from the unconscious and why it is important for all psychotherapeutic approaches

  • identify three primary reasons for gaining permission from client’s unconscious

  • describe three ways to gain permission from the unconscious

  • describe three major conditions that foster therapeutic trust

  • describe three major conditions that inhibit or interrupt trust

  • identify two useful ways to stay connected to your own unconscious

  • describe three ways to create and sustain successful therapeutic boundaries


From Your Colleagues

“I found How to Transform Unconscious Relational Dynamics to be an insightful course. It was especially helpful in allowing me to become more aware of how to attune to and gain permission of the unconscious. The exercises facilitated a deeper awareness of how I sit in the chair. I would recommend this course to mental health professionals who are particularly interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy or those who want to understand how to negotiate countertransference material and/or reactions.”

Colby, LCSW

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