I provide embodied psychotherapy CPD opportunities throughout the year by organising various workshops in the south-west. The workshops are designed for body psychotherapists and other practitioners interested in embodied relationship. They will include discussion, experiential work, and supervision.
We are pleased that Michael Soth will be leading a workshop on the weekend of May 26th – 27th 2019 entitled “Working with the Breath in Psychotherapy”. Please follow this link for more information.
If you would like further information about any of our workshops then please contact Clare Brook at email@example.com. Alternatively follow this link to the online booking form.
Sat08Feb2020Sun09Feb202010 am - 5pmEast Devon
The Embodiment of Relational Stances, Spaces & Modalities, Part 3 with Michael Soth
The third weekend course in the series with Michael Soth
The notion of 'relational modalities' originated in the early 1990’s with Petruska Clarkson, and was one of the most coherent manifestations of the paradigm shift towards two-person psychology. However, whilst it usefully shifts the ‘talking cure’ towards the ‘relating cure’ (thus organising the therapeutic profession around the principle that “it is the relationship that matters”), what is lacking in this formulation of relationality is the bodymind connection.
That particular lack of embodiment then tends towards lending all the diverse kinds of therapeutic relating - and the search for meaning through them - a decidedly mental-reflective bias across the talking therapies. Without embodied presence, we can reflect on relational dynamics until we are blue in the face, it’s unlikely to engender sustained bodymind process and development, let alone holistic transformation. Embodied trauma and character defences are unlikely to yield towards recovery or wholeness through the dominance of insight. Circular, disconnected thinking, intellectualising, rationalising and plain dissociation are then given too much weight in the therapeutic process, depriving it of spontaneity, authenticity and emergent process, as well as the felt sense of depth and coherence.
Relational modalities complementing learning on character: embodied and relational
These 3 weekends are going to be alternating with Nick Totton’s parallel course on ‘Character’, complementing the learning there and following it through into the vicissitudes (as they call them in psychoanalysis) of the therapeutic relationship. When we extend that notion of ‘character’ to ourselves as therapists when at work in the therapeutic position, we recognise it as our 'habitual position' – those habitual ways of being and relating, thinking, feeling and behaving as therapists which limit our flexibility between the various relational modalities. Both courses together will capture and circumscribe some of the fundamental principles of embodied-relational psychotherapy.
Please see the flyer for more details.
A selection of comments left for Judy Shaw after our latest workshop:
“A warmth that is so unique in training courses. It has felt a welcoming and supportive environment to support our learnings.”
“Very lovely nourishing space … and very great food! Thank you.”
“A welcoming and beautiful learning environment with good positive energy.”
“Abundance of welcome and provisions as usual.”
“Very good venue, comfortable and warm. The food was second to none. I have a feeling of being well nourished and welcomed. Would always suggest to any interested others Judy’s workshop.”
“Your space is very comfortable; I love this venue.”