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Digital Seminar

Love and the Therapeutic Alliance: Deepening our Work with Clients and Ourselves

Sabrina N'Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C, MDiv
3 Hours 52 Minutes
Mar 10, 2022
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In his classic work The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck described psychotherapy as “an act of love.” Yet therapists often receive (and express) conflicting messages around the expression of love for, and with, our clients. This session begins with the premise that the therapeutic encounter often begins with an injury or misunderstanding around the meaning and experience of love. As such, regardless of what method we use in working to heal the mind, body, and spirit, we must also shift from thinking about our client to feeling with them. This can take place through heart-centred practices such as intentionality, movement, chanting, and writing. Our time together is an invitation to honour the love within ourselves and the sacred space between us and our clients. In this experiential session, you’ll:

  • Explore the healing potential of the non-physical aspects of love, including trust, surrender, connection, companionship, forgiveness, and hope.
  • Experience the use of heart-centred approaches in guiding clients to expand and a life of deeper loving acceptance of themselves and others.
  • Share experiences of love and loving service in the safety of other therapists.
  • Honour the practice of psychotherapy as both an act of love and a spiritual encounter.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 4 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C, MDiv, is an integrative psychotherapist, storyteller, and peacebuilder based in Baltimore, MD. She recently completed her first book, The Laugh of Love.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sabrina N'Diaye is the founder and clinical director of The Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing. She has employment relationships with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, The Ferentz Institute, Saybrook University, and the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Sabrina N'Diaye receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sabrina N'Diaye has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Formulate a definition of love as a physical, emotional, and spiritual experience.
  2. Demonstrate four clinical techniques for deepening connections between client and therapist.
  3. Determine five of the most common barriers to love that can potentially re-injure a client’s wounds of abandonment, betrayal, and rejection.


  • Understanding the concept of love in clinical practice
  • Healing the Love Wounds-Abandonment, Rejection, Betrayal
  • Tools for Guiding Away from Fear and Back to the Heart

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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