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

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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...

With the topic “Understanding the role of the body and the Principle of Mutual Support”  we explore the role of the body as support for connection and presence in the practice of psychotherapy, using Breema as the foundation for a new way of being present with oneself in relationship with others. Via somatic exercises practiced individually, with partners, and in groups, we will begin to apply Breema's Nine Principles of Harmony to build a receptive relationship between body and mind.  

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. The afternoon will offer time for in-depth exploration and discussion of specific topics such as boundaries, vicarious trauma, countertransference, and compassion fatigue. 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 and a new relationship to what it means to heal.


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.