Embodying the Core Conditions

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) and the Person-Centred Approach – a perfect partnership!

An experiential workshop exploring the integration of the body and creativity in person-centred practice.

The body, not the thinking brain, is where we experience most of our pain, pleasure, and joy, and where we process most of what happens to us. It is also where we do most of our healing, including our emotional and psychological healing. And it is where we experience resilience and a sense of flow. (Menakem, R, 2017 pg 12)

At the time of writing this we are moving from lockdown into a more socialised society where past norms are now re-expected, we have permission to hug and touch those we have kept distance from. Deep physical connection to self and others arises from the opportunity to reach out and touch, make contact, to be intimate and seek refuge in the holding of another. In the wake of the pandemic the need for this within the therapy space is going to be far greater. As person-centred therapists and counsellors we do not shy away from this need, we allow it to become part of the relational meeting, the lived out dynamic.

In Person-centred Dance Movement Psychotherapy(DMP) the holding and connection becomes visceral and instinctive, in the physicality of the contact we can gain a greater understanding of self and other.

There will be space for exploration, to connect with our own bodies and breath, to recognise the value of our own embodied being; how we use our felt sense to experience our practice and the world around us. From here we will explore moving into a co-created dialogue with those we meet, filling the relational space with creativity, movement and connection  – both tangible and metaphorical.

We will explore

  • Empathy becoming kinaesthetic empathy, a deepening of our soul connection
  • UPR being felt in the witnessing of our expression of self through creativity and movement.
  • Congruence becoming a somatic state of being, a bodily sense that can be communicated non-verbally and verbally
  • Demonstrating a willingness to invest in the union of mind body and spirit

Whether you are interested in bringing movement and creativity into your practice, or you want to deepen the recognition and acknowledgement of your own embodied and creative being, this workshop will provide something for you.

Facilitator: Linsey Clark is a Humanistic Dance Movement & UKCP Psychotherapist (DMP), an educator and creative clinical supervisor. Linsey has been working in this field for almost 20 years and in that time had the privilege of meeting, moving and been moved by people of all ages from many vulnerable communities. With many years spent working in the charitable sector and managing and lecturing on a MA in DMP; Linsey now focuses on private practice, hospice care and being the Creative Co-Director of ReLight. Linsey is passionate about providing nurturing, compassionate, creative and empowering spaces that engage the physical, emotional and spiritual self.

Venue: Network Counselling & Training , Elm Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PS.

Cost: £85 per person – or £55 per person for students, volunteer counsellors and volunteer supervisors. “Early bird discount” of £10 for bookings made and paid for by 1st April 2022.

To book:  You can book a place by going to thelittleboxoffice.com/network/  or by downloading a booking form here, and  returning your completed form to the Training Coordinator at training@network.org.uk

Download a booking form here: Embodying the Core Conditions – Booking Form

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Cancellation: bookings may be cancelled up to seven days’ prior to the day of the workshop, otherwise the full fee will be payable. No part of the fee can be refunded for non-attendance on the day.

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