“The Body Speaks – Embodied Conversations in Psychotherapy” with Margaret Landale, Ewa Robertson and Michael Soth on Saturday 24th February 2018
The rise of body-orientated approaches to psychotherapy has seen the discipline shift from being the kooky poor relation of psychoanalysis in the 1970s and 80s, to a vital component in the therapeutic understanding of all therapists over the course of the last 20 years or so.
An increased understanding and appreciation of neuroscience alongside the development of effective approaches to treating trauma have shown that being able to work effectively with embodied presentations and communications will increase our effectiveness as therapists and offer greater and safer choices for our clients and patients, particularly those who are struggling with traumatic experiences or somatic symptoms.
In this one-day conference with three leading experts in the field of body-mind psychotherapy we will explore ways in which to attune to the embodied presence of both ourselves and our clients and how to facilitate body-mind communication and dialogue. There will be particular attention paid in our final presentation of the day to the skills required by non-body psychotherapists who might wish to respond to embodied moments that occur in the process of talking therapy. A Q&A Panel Discussion will round off the day.
Margaret Landale is an integrative psychotherapist, trainer, author and conference speaker. She specialises in stress-related and psychosomatic disorders and has taught widely on these subjects. She is a supervisor and trainer and has worked as the Training Director at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in London.
Her publications include ‘Working with psychosomatic distress and developmental trauma’ in Contemporary Body Psychotherapy – The Chiron Approach by Linda Hartley ed., Routledge 2009; and ‘The use of imagery in body oriented psychotherapy’ in Body Psychotherapy, Tree Staunton ed., Brunner-Routledge, 2002.
Ewa Robertson M.Sc., MBPsS, is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with over 30 years’ experience. In 1988 she co-founded ReVision Centre in London which runs integrative and transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy diploma trainings.
She has become increasingly interested in the relationship between psyche and soma. Her approach to psychotherapy is based on and influenced by relational and body psychotherapy, attachment theory, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and post-Jungian analytical and archetypal psychology. She has trained in somatic trauma therapy with Babette Rothschild.
She also works at The Bowlby Centre teaching courses on the role of the body in psychotherapy. She has taught on other psychotherapy trainings, has a background in mental health social work and worked in the NHS, MIND and other public sector settings.
Michael Soth is an experienced therapist, supervisor and trainer who has been practicing as a therapist and teaching therapists since 1986. He is one of the foremost body psychotherapists and trainers practising in the UK today. For many years he worked as the Training Director of the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences. He has been studying the significance of enactments and their therapeutic uses since the mid-1990’s, and has developed a unique relational body-mind approach that builds on an integration of humanistic and psychoanalytic perspectives.