Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

5. AEP Approach to the Body, Character Strategy and Trauma: Module V

BPI Senior Faculty

  • Learn to see stuck emotional patterns in the body (character strategy).

  • Learn to relate particular bodily patterns of holding and collapse to developmental issues.

  • Learn techniques for helping clients free blocked energy and move on with their lives.

  • Learn to recognize and work with the symptoms of trauma.

  • Learn to work with body awareness from an AEP perspective.

  • Learn to integrate character structure and trauma work within an AEP perspective.

  • Learn to recognize and move among intervention levels: body, emotion and meaning.

The Workshop: AEP works with the lived body to explore ways in which meaning shows up in body stance, movement, gesture, facial expression and voice. We will explore Reichean/bioenergetic approaches to character strategy--looking at the ways in which our ways of living our lives show up in and help fashion our bodies. We will explore various modalities for working with trauma, adding to these an existential perspective on trauma as loss of meaning. We will also focus on integrating work with the body and trauma within a broader therapeutic perspective.

We will pay particular attention to choosing appropriate levels of intervention (body, emotion, meaning) in working with clients with different character structures. We will also consider the question of when cathartic work is appropriate and when it is not - a question that students studying trauma approaches frequently ask.

When: May 2013-June 2014
Where: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305
Time: Friday, 4-8:15 pm (first 15 minutes social time)

1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, Colorado 80305  •  303 494 0393

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