Body-focused interventions in schema therapy (Part 1)

3-4th October, 2024 (in person)
(9.30am - 5.00pm UK time)

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle St, London EC2A 4UE

Janis Briedis and Dr Helen Startup, Consultant Psychologists 

This workshop presents the theory and experiential approach to integrating body-focused techniques to enhance schema therapy practice in a time-limited manner. These strategies are particularly useful for clients who present with complex needs and have histories of severe childhood neglect or trauma, and who have difficulties engaging with traditional schema therapy techniques.

This highly interactive and experiential workshop is designed for psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. Attendees should have an understanding of schema therapy model who wish to expand their repertoire for working with trauma and the body by incorporating simple but powerful somatically-focused interventions.

Topics covered at the workshop:

  • Understanding the role of the body in trauma – the neurobiology underpinning complex trauma and fragmentation of self
  • Barriers to working with the body both for the client and the therapist and how to overcome them  
  • Tracking the body to identify triggers for modes and schemas
  • Understanding the principles of working safely - helping clients stay within their Window of Tolerance while processing traumatic material
  • Healing traumatic reactions, including freeze and submit states, with body-oriented affect regulation resources and working with intense affect, including anger, grief, terror
  • Working on the therapist’s own body awareness to enhance self-regulation and to facilitate higher levels of attunement with and co-regulation of the clients in the therapeutic space
  • Utilizing body techniques in the work with dissociation
  • Enhancing imagery and chair techniques with somatic focus
  • Somatic interventions for boundary setting and strengthening of a sense of self
  • Facilitating development of an embodied healthy adult mode both for clients and therapists


Training costs and to book

£325 for a two day workshop.

Payment may be made by card or bank transfer. Please email us if your employer requires an invoice and/or if you wish to pay by bank transfer.

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