Working with Body Storylines

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Date(s) - Saturday 5th December, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

City Coast Centre

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Saturday 5th December 2015

Trainer:  Dr Maggie Turp

Venue: Training Room, City Coast Centre, Portslade (Brighton & Hove), BN41 1DG

Schedule: 10am to 4.00pm (Registration at 9.45am)

Course Fee: early bird £95 (before 7th November 2015; £109 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD Certificate

Body storylines begin before birth when hormones in the mother’s bloodstream cross the placental barrier and influence the new-born baby’s response to stress. They continue in parent-infant interactions that shape attachment patterns and brain development.

As adults, clients tell us their stories not only in words but also in gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice and rhythms of breathing and in the sensations and symptoms stirred up in practitioners in the countertransfence. How might we best understand our patients’ bodily communications? And how might we best make use of our understandings in the therapeutic relationship?

Moving on to psychosomatic symptoms, Winnicott (1966) argued that such symptoms represent an unconscious attempt to bring bodily and emotional life back into the picture when it is in danger of being excluded. This perspective opens up an opportunity for thinking differently about psychosomatic symptoms, for seeing them as a communication and an opportunity to bring the body back into the storyline, with potentially beneficial consequences for the therapy and the patient.

(Reference: Winnicott, D. W. (1966) ‘Psycho-somatic illness in its positive and negative aspects’. In ed. C. Winnicott, R. Shepherd & M. Davis Psycho-analytic Explorations, London: Karnac 1989)

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