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

topic: Understanding the Role of the Body and the Principle of Mutual Support

Sunday, July 30, 10am-4pm

6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Registration opens June 1, 2017

Info: 510.775.2424 or walkingthetalk.selfcare@gmail.com                      

What if you could practice self-care while sitting in a room with clients?

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...

We will focus experientially with the body as ground for connection and presence in psychotherapy. Breema, a dynamic interoceptive movement practice will be used to experience the functional coherence between body and mind as a catalyst for healing and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. Body-mind connection supports the therapist to be present. Presence invites the client to contact and move from that within themselves which is inherently whole. Issues of compassion fatigue, counter-transference, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while tangible atmosphere of empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and aliveness is nurtured for both the client and the therapist. Particular emphasis in this workshop will be placed on the experience of the practitioner, as we learn individual and partner movements, and self-care exercises. We will also explore the principles underlying this practice; No Judgment, Body Comfortable, Mutual Support, No Force, to discover how they can foster a vital, openhearted relationship to life.


Workshop facilitators:

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.