Somatic interventions to increase client insight and develop a ‘Corrective Experience’.

Presenter: Narelle McKenzie

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

CPD Hours: This event counts as 6 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

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9:15 am - 4:15 pm

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