Therapy in Motion

"The body is a multilingual being. It speaks through its color and its temperature, the flush of recognition, the glow of love, the ash of pain, the heat of arousal, the coldness of non-conviction. It speaks through its constant tiny dance, sometimes swaying, sometimes a jitter, sometimes trembling. It speaks through the leaping of the heart, the falling of the spirit, the pit at the center, and rising hope."   Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

Psychology is Movement

This is the premise of Therapy in Motion: there is no separation between the two.

Every aspect of our psychology -- emotional, social, familial, historical, relational -- is experienced through our bodies. Emotions, concepts, imagination, memory and intentions make themselves known to us and others by way of an intricately sensitive and finely tuned web of sensate experience, changing hormonal compositions and neurological pathways in the brain.

When our movement is frozen, it is reflected in stuck emotional states and repetitive patterns of behavior. When we are overwhelmed or dis-regulated emotionally, we are likely to feel ungrounded, off center or out of touch with our physical presence inside our body.

When therapists can experience and view this interconnection, it becomes possible for them to learn how to translate therapeutic issues into movement. By including body sensations and movement into already existing psychotherapeutic approaches, a therapist can increase the depth and efficacy of their work.

Verbal narratives, relational dynamics and body language are all telling an valuable aspect of the same story. Through conscious embodiment, both client and therapist become multilingual.

You will learn

  • to work with the appearance of cycles of activation and settling, pulsations, impulse and other micro-movements that naturally occur in the client's body during therapy sessions.
  • to find the possible meanings and significance of non-verbal experience and communication
  • specific tools to facilitate inner movements becoming conscious and integrated into full congruent expression.

 This program assumes that

  • you are a trained and working therapist
  • you have a high level of emotional intelligence
  • you have a rounded education in psychological dynamics and experience in therapeutic practice.

The goal of this training program is to help therapy professionals create embodied exercises, experiments and structures that can support a client working with whatever issue they bring.  Because attachment issues are often at the heart of many issues, we will focus on working with fundamental attachment-related themes in movement.

Module 2, Therapy in Motion, will focus on working individually with clients, which is also a stepping-stone for how to hold therapeutic groups. The 3rd module of the training, Common Good, where you will be joined by Movement Teacher Track students, will focus on group dynamics. During this last module, therapy students will receive specialized supervision on the building blocks for Open Floor movement therapy groups.

The Therapist Track is a pre-requisite to apply for an apprenticeship with Andrea to learn to teach Open Floor Encounter workshops in the future.

Mastering these skills is a lifelong path, and ongoing supervision and peer support will always be important. Through Open Floor International we are implementing the structures for therapists to engage in professional support beyond training.