BODY PSYCHOTHERAPISTS GATHERING
This is an edited version of the text in the flyer below but probably is illegible:
‘This is probably the first ever opportunity for UK body psychotherapists of all modalities and backgrounds to get together.
It will not be a formal conference with speeches, but an informal gathering including opportunities for interaction on several levels, including large group discussions, brief presentations, talking about particular themes in smaller groups, open plan networking, and a social dreaming matrix where we can pool unconscious wisdom and imagery.
The event is being offered to the body psychotherapy community as a gift by the Embodied-Relational Therapy Association (of which i am a member).
We see several ways in which it can be of value by finding out who we are. There are several organisations, but none of them include everyone, and probably many practitioners belong to none of them.So building a sense of community and solidarity between practitioners seems especially important for Body Psychotherapists, which can feel out on a limb compared with (mainstream) verbal approaches.
By finding out about the various different training and modalities, and starting greater dialogue between them we will explore whether it might be helpful to create an umbrella organisation for all UK practitioners, and if so what form this might take.
The day is open to everyone who identifies as a body psychotherapist, or as body-focused, body-centred, body-oriented, or embodied practitioner.’
This was possibly historic, gathering of practitioners and trainees from all the diverse strands of body-oriented psychotherapy in the UK. It was a potentially ground-breaking meeting as it may provide the foundations of some sort of future collective/association/body to represent this branch of psychological practice/therapy and the 90-odd year legacy of W.Reich, its founder.
I was, the sole soul, flying the flag for Integral Core Therapy and Core Energetics and Bioenergetic Analysis, its primary body-centered components. It was a good experience representing these little-known modalities in the UK; as well as citing the importance of the integral approach, of the corporeal, personal and spiritual.