Upcoming Course!


Transforming Problems

into Something Useful

with Catharine Macdonald


Included in the Course



Here's A Short Description of the Course

Learn one of the fundamental “magic” skills of Process-Oriented Psychology – unfolding what is useful within difficult or disturbing experiences. Within problems, annoying people, and painful situations can be something that is also helpful. Problems are not just “problems”, they also hold information, and at times, a solution to the problem itself. In a playful, welcoming atmosphere, we’ll practice with each other. You’ll leave the class with the ability to do this for yourself.


What You'll Learn

Exploring and transforming difficult people, or situations, into something new is one of the key skills of process-oriented psychology. It can feel like magic, but it’s a skill that anyone can learn to use in their own life. With this skill, you can improve relationships, find new solutions, and feel more confident about dealing with problems and difficult people. 

In this experiential class, we will break down the parts of the “problem”, explore and play with each side, and use our curiosity to find something new and meaningful. The class will also cover the difficulties that often come up, and what to try if they do. 

There is no “one right way” to learn processwork skills, come ready to explore and be curious about what is happening in your life. Please note, this is not therapy, nor a substitute for therapy. It is a tool for personal discovery and growth.


Classes happen every Tuesday
from 10AM-11:30AM
Pacific Time

  • Tuesday, March 3 
  • Tuesday, March 10
  • Tuesday, March 17
  • Tuesday, March 24

Here’s a Breakdown of the Material for Each Session

Session 1:

What does it Mean to Transform Problems?

  • What is “process” in process-oriented psychology, and where the idea comes from.
  • A process to find useful information in things that bother us.
  • How to work with a problem, the structure of how to unfold a process, and integrate what emerges. 
  • Practice on your own or in a group.

Session 2:

Finding the Two Parts

  • The part of our identity that is bothered, upset or hurt, how to identify it. 
  • How to identify what exactly it is that bothers us (hint: it’s not always obvious).
  • Ways to get explore a problem or disturbance, to find something useful.
  • Practice & opportunity to get help.

Session 3:

For the Times you get Stuck

  • Common problems, and what to do about it. 
  • Edges, also known as the boundary of our identity. What to do when we come against our edges?
  • How to identify edges (they can be tricky), and ways to work with them.

Session 4:

Integrating New Information

  • Build a relationship between your “usual” identity and the “disturbance”. 
  • How to use this skill with other people, in your relationships at home and work. 
  • How to practice the skill on your own, so it’s always accessible to you.


​Meet The Expert You'll Learn From

Catharine Macdonald

Catharine Macdonald is a Counsellor & Facilitator living in Toronto, Canada.

Catharine has a MA in psychology from the Process Work Institute, and an honours BA in psychology from York University. She has 2 years experience as therapist, and over 15 years’ experience leading online and software development projects and consulting on technologies and organizational processes and practices. She is currently in the post-graduate diploma program at the Process Work Institute. Additional training in organizational change management and conflict facilitation, working with trauma, psychological first aid, and sexuality.

Catharine specializes in working with autistic adults (sometimes called Asperger’s), and their – partners and families. Neurodiverse relationships are difficult, especially in a neurotypical world. She believes neurodiversity is natural, and valuable. Neuroatypical people often have unique talents, along with significant relationship and communication difficulties.

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This is a live course taught by Catharine Macdonald.
Included are 4 classes which are 90 minutes each.
You can attend live, watch the recordings- or both!

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