Walking the Talk: Self-Care as the Heart of Psychotherapy

Offered quarterly in the SF Bay Area. Check back for upcoming dates. 

What if you felt energized rather than drained after a long day at work?

What if you had tools to nurture your own vitality as a therapist that could simultaneously benefit your client?

Breema’s body-centered, holistic approach to being present can be practiced in the midst of daily life and in all aspects of relationships. This workshop will offer an experiential introduction to self-care practices, principles and tools that nurture aliveness and inclusivity as well as non-judgment, harmony and well-being.


Nurture your essential relationship...

Nurture your essential relationship...


Contact us for consultation, upcoming events
and availability for workplace workshops. 

Upcoming in New York City:

"Breema: Interoceptive Movement for Self Care
& Transformation in the Therapeutic Relationship

Expressive Therapies Summit

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7-9pm• $39 • New York, NY  

With Angela Porter, MA, LMFT, CATC, CMT, Carrie Gray, LMFT, MA, Matthew Tousignant, MA

Breema, a dynamic and playful interoceptive movement practice will be used to potentiate body-mind connection as a catalyst for self-care and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. Its commonsense wisdom guides the practitioner to support the body’s instinctive healing energy, nurturing vitality instead of focusing on symptoms of illness or imbalance.Breema's exercises use nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to foster physical, mental, and emotional balance. Issues including compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and an atmosphere of aliveness are nurtured.In this 2-hour evening workshop, emphasis will be placed on the experience of the practitioner by focusing on individual and partner movements as well as self-care exercises. We will explore the principles underlying this practice: No Judgment, Body Comfortable, Mutual Support, and No Force, to discover how they can foster a relaxed and openhearted relationship with life. No prior experience necessary. Come prepared to relax and enjoy!

PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

Note: This workshop is separately ticketed from the Summit and is not included in the Summit fees.

You may register just for this workshop whether or not you attend the Summit. 

To Register-- Expressive Arts Summit: Click on
"Evening Event Tickets Only" and select the Breema workshop.  

Thursday, October 12 • 7-9pm
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue, BrooklynGraduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

Problems registering? Contact Summit organizers directly or write to us at walkingthetalk.selfcare@gmail.com.


Workshop facilitators:

Matthew, Angela and Carrie

Matthew, Angela and Carrie

Carrie Gray, MA, MFT is a somatically-oriented, relational psychotherapist in private practice in North Oakland. With a keen interested in meaning, purpose, and the experience of being human, Carrie’s foundational practice is Breema’s “art of being present,” a somatic approach anchored in body-mind connection. With degrees from Wesleyan University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Wright Institute, Carrie has also trained in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology. A former clinician at New Bridge Foundation in Berkeley, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County and the Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley, she specializes in working with couples as well as individuals, and teaches self-care workshops to therapists and those in the helping professions

Angela Porter MFT, CATC, CMT, is an addiction treatment specialist, and Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in group practice and work with other therapists. Trained in Gestalt, body-centered and Somatic Therapy at Esalen Institute, body-mind connection is primary in her work. Formerly a program director at the New Bridge Foundation’s residential substance abuse treatment program in Berkeley CA, Angela incorporated the principles and practice of Breema into her treatment curriculum with great success, working primarily with veterans, formerly incarceratedmen and women, and clients with co-occurring mental health issues. It was during this time that she saw a need to work with psychotherapists on how to be comfortable and bring more of themselves to their work. Currently she is a group facilitator at Bayside Marin and maintains a private practice where Breema is foundational to her work with both clinicians and clients. A certified Breema Instructor since 1998, Angela travels internationally teaching workshops for therapists, MDs, nurses, midwives, teachers, and other healing professionals. Read a recent article by Angela here.

Matthew Tousignant, MA, CMT, is a graduate of Harvard University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. For the last 17 years he has studied Breema with its founder, Dr. Jon Schreiber, in Oakland, California and is a certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor. Based out of Lambertville, New Jersey, the body-centered therapeutic work he practices combines the universal wisdom of Breema with a practical knowledge of psychology to connect others to their unique potential as human beings.  www.the5thelement.org

Visit www.walkingthetalkselfcare.com for additional workshop information and registration links.