What is map and talk? 

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  • It is an interactive method of putting key words spontaneously on paper between us to keep track of our conversations and stories as we talk.   

  • It helps us guide, shape and review what we are saying and where the conversation is taking us.   

  • The process enhances the experience of talking and is an aid to therapy, reflective practice and any form of serious discussion. 

  • The focus of map and talk can be on the words we are using, the patterns of interaction emerging in the story and the links we are making.   

  • It can be used  therapeutically, educationally, organisationally, politically and conversationally whether with individuals or in groups.

  • It helps us talk more openly especially when talking about difficult ideas, complex situations and mixed feelings.  

  • Mapping helps us see patterns in our ways of relating and in the stories we share. 

  • The method of mapping develops relational awareness and draws upon ideas from Cognitive Analytic Therapy

  • It helps make different points of view visible and negotiable

  • It is widely used as aid to therapy, team discussion and reflective practice 

  • It turns conversation into a more tangible and tactile activity, working co-creatively side by side.  

  • The grid explains the idea of relational awareness as the quality that is enabled by mapping as we talk and therapy with a map. 

  • The grid combines three qualities of relational awareness against three dimensions in a grid of nine items 

  • Sit together with pen and paper between you  

  • Agree to use the words on paper as something that will help you listen.   

  • Write down key words that resonate with the flow of the conversation or give shape and meaning to the story.

  • Use the words on paper to go back over the 'story so far' and deepen and widen your conversation and your understanding. 

  • Dont expect to make a tidy map.

  • Use the mapping process to help get into the conversation without getting lost or put on the spot

  • Watch the hand drawn videos that show the process of mapping in action. 

Upcoming Events

  • Conversations with pen and paper
    10 Nov, 09:30 – 13:00 GMT
    Zoom workshop 9.30-1.00pm
    How to use mapping and writing as part of a reflective or therapeutic conversation
  • Working with varieties of narcissism in therapy
    24 Nov, 09:30 – 13:00 GMT
    Webinar workshop
    This a repeat of the skills workshop on mapping and voicing narcissistic processes in therapy. It provides CPD and skills training using CAT for mental health professionals with Steve Potter Illustration David Revoy www.davidrevoy.com

Besides the book Therapy with a Map and the blog there is also:

  • the grid (explore relational awareness - its qualities and dimensions),

  • a small collection of past articles (download the PDFs)

  • a pilot measure of relational awareness (RAM) supported by an international research group

  • webinars and workshop events

  • hand drawn videos that show how to enter into the process of mapping and talking whether for therapy, reflective practice or just having a good talk.  

This integrative and relational approach to psychotherapy and mental health is a central influence on the ideas, values and methods on the map and talk website, the Therapy with a Map book and all the various contributions.