Embodied presence and the therapist-client relationship

Elie, Gestalt Centre Training Campus
July 17, 2024 9:30 AM
An experiential workshop that explores embodiment, intimacy and contact in relational therapy.

A ConnectGround professional extension workshop with Louise O’Dwyer

Date| Wednesday 17 July 2024, 9.30am - 1.00pm

Fee | $165 Includes GST / Free of charge for all current ConnectGround interns

Venue | Elie, Gestalt Centre Training Campus, 27 Royal Parade Parkville

Come and explore presence to self and other in this embodiment workshop. Together we will play with a set of gestures that invite presence, authenticity and intimacy. Deepen your sense of awareness and capacity for presence to self and other, and develop your ability to perceive the embodied states of your clients.

When we make contact with each other, the giving and receiving that naturally occurs is shaped by who we are and how we turn up in the world. When we bring this dynamic into a conscious physical exploration, we have the opportunity to bring understanding, choices and growth to our self-other relating. In this experimental workshop, we will explore these movements individually, in pairs and through some demonstrations and group discussions. We will link our explorations with Gestalt theory and discuss ways in which we can develop our sense of our client’s kinaesthetic experiences.

“When we therapists heighten awareness of our own sensing and moving experience, we kinaesthetically attune to the therapy relationship as it develops. In other words, we sense and include the other person in our experience. As we expand our potential for awareness and movement, we open to possibilities for growth and change in all our relationships.” – Ruella Frank

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely and have fun!

About the facilitator Louise O’Dwyer

Louise is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and a group therapy facilitator. She is also a Michael Chekhov trained actor and a qualified teacher. Her workshops are a unique physical exploration of making contact as a way of heightening self-awareness and deepening relational attunement.

She is interested in the intersections of creative expression and intimacy, connection and freedom, playfulness and depth, creative indifference and commitment.

About ConnectGround

ConnectGround is a community-based counselling & psychotherapy centre offering low-cost individual and group therapy that emphasises the therapeutic relationship as a support for developing awareness and flexibility.

ConnectGround offers opportunities for student interns, volunteers and graduate interns to gain experience by working with clients and to develop their skills and professionalism.

Cancellation policy

You can cancel up to 7 days prior to the commencement of the event via Eventbrite to receive a refund less their fee.