Towards an integrative embodied-relational therapy
For about 100 years after Freud first developed the ‘talking cure’, modern psychology, counselling and psychotherapy has remained focused on the rational, reflective mind and verbal communication (insight, understanding, rational choices, mental meaning-making). However, in terms of dealing with distress, developmental trauma and engrained character patterns as well as in terms of personal development, the ‘talking therapies’ have shown themselves as severely limited and haphazard in their effect. It is partly because of these limitations that psychotherapy has been in decline in the public sphere.
Beyond the ‘talking therapies’
For the last 20 years, however, we are beginning to understand that therapy is not mainly a left-brain activity: right-brain-to-right-brain attunement (A. Schore), implicit relational knowing, mirror neurons and non-verbal communication, and the non-dualistic re-visioning of the body-mind relationship (e.g. A. Damasio, D. Siegel) have put embodiment at the heart of the therapeutic endeavour.
This has far-reaching implications for everything we think, feel and do in everyday practice. The whole spectrum of the bodymind (sensation-emotion-imagination-cognition-intuition) becomes available as communication channels, allowing creative and spontaneous ways of working that are experience-near, deeply felt and therefore more engaging and also transformative.
Experiential Process-oriented Learning
These workshops are an opportunity to work with and learn from two of the most experienced trainers at the forefront of bringing embodiment into psychotherapy.
Rather than grafting the body onto established practice as one more eclectic technique, Nick and Michael have been working towards a non-dualistic embodied way of being and relating in the therapeutic relationship.
This training, committed to the continuity of the group over the year, provides an ideal container for your continuing professional development, rooted in your own embodied process.
Soth, M. (2010) The Return of the Repressed Body – Not a Smooth Affair. UKCP Journal 'The Psychotherapist', Autumn 2010
Totton, N. (2014) Embodied Relating. International Body Psychotherapy Journal, 13(2)