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BEYOND BODY AWARENESS: SOMATIC INTERVENTIONS TO DEEPEN CLIENT WORK - Somatic interventions to increase client insight and develop a Corrective Experience

Event Details
Date: 29 May 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

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With the development of neuroscience and its emphasis on the necessity of working with the body for effective therapeutic work, more practitioners are bringing work with the body into the therapy room. The most common method for doing this is to focus on the development of Insight. In this process, the therapist teases out themes, patterns and repetitions that are occurring at a level of body awareness or mindfulness. Insight develops and self-knowledge increases. However, as with traditional therapeutic approaches, other somatic interventions are available to deepen the therapeutic effectiveness of working with the body. The somatic therapist may provide a somatic corrective experience. Recognising that something in the life experience of the client is missing, they empathically provide a somatic intervention that address this missing piece. Alternatively, the somatic relational dynamics may come to the fore. The therapist tunes into what is happening in her own somatic process as well as that of the client and the impact this resonance is having on their work together. This impact is then explored directly in the here and now with reference to body awareness and energetic processes. There is negotiation at the ‘intimate edge’ (Ehrenberg 1974) between client and therapist and in an effective somatic therapy session the therapist may move from one to the other as appropriate. This one-day experiential workshop will attend to these different ways that are therapeutically effective in bringing the body into the therapy room. In particular focus will be given to

  • Ways to develop knowledge of and deepen body awareness,
  • methods that may assist moving from insight and awareness to ‘Corrective Experience’,
  • exploring somatic interventions that can assist in the provision of a corrective experience,
  • exploring different ways to bring the interactive relational dynamics into the session from a somatic perspective.

Learning objectives

  • Define and describe different therapeutic modes of interaction and intervention
  • Understand or extend their knowledge of the therapeutic purposes of these different modes
  • Apply this theoretical knowledge specifically to Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Broaden ability to deepen clients body awareness
  • Develop ability to provide a few simple somatic corrective experiences Discover and deepen their awareness of their own somatic experience and how this affects the here and now relationship in session
  • Explore ways to bring the awareness of no 7 into the therapeutic interaction to work with the here and now relational dynamics between client and therapist

Presenter details

Narelle McKenzie is the Director and a Senior trainer of the Australian Radix Body Centered Training Centre and the Radix Institute, North America, which offers a three-year training program in Radix Body Centered Psychotherapy. She is a registered psychologist with over forty years experience working in private practice with adults, adolescents, families, couples and groups. She has a Masters in developmental psychology and extensive experience and training in psychotherapy and psychology. As part of her private consultancy Narelle has led experiential and training workshops on Embodied Psychotherapy throughout Australia, the USA and the UK. She is a Clinical Member of the Australian Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (PACFA) Register, a PACFA accredited psychotherapy supervisor, an accredited supervisor for Psychology and a member of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapists as well as a member of Peer Review Committee for the International Journal of Body Psychotherapy.

Location and date

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

29 May 2020


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Standard fee $298

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