Workshops

CPD Online Event – Saturday October 31st 2020

10am - 4pm (4 hours plus breaks)

How do bodies speak? How can we open up these embodied stories for further exploration both in online and face-to face-therapy?

With Julianne Appel-Opper

Therapist and client can sit at two different geographical places. They are not in one room, not sharing the same air. Yet, there is an online field evolving in which both living bodies move each other. Facial expressions, tone of voice, gestures and tiny movements move in both directions, speaking without words. 


In this one-day-seminar we will explore our own embodiment. We will focus on own breathing rhythms. Questions like: “What do I inhale from the other living body as we speak?”; “How do we move each other” will guide us to a deeper exploration of an ongoing body-to-body-communication. With the focus on a clinical scene we will focus on possible interventions. 


Based on her experience as psychotherapist and trainer for many years, Julianne wants to provide a safe and respectful space for exploration of these processes using exercises, experiential work, and small group works. 

Julianne Appel-Opper, psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer has worked over 30 years, for 9 years in the UK and is now in private practice in Berlin. She has developed an approach to Relational body work within an Integrative Gestalt and Relational Psychoanalytic frame which she has taught, presented internationally and written about in 27 publications, both in English and in German. Since 2001 she has worked internationally as a visiting tutor at several psychotherapy institutes. From 2004-2015 she was visiting tutor/viva examiner for the Integrative Department at Metanoia, London. Her collaborations with international training programs include the Norwegian Gestaltinstitut, the Polish Szkoleniagestalt Group, the Institut de Développement du Thérapeute in Paris and Confer, London. Her website is: www.thelivingbody.de
 
Diplom Psychology, Clinical Psychologist, Registered Psychological Psychodynamical Psychotherapist in Germany, Registered Integrative Gestalt Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, MUKAHPP, Supervisor, University of Birmingham, U.K.

 

Cost: £90
Places: Limited to 12 so early booking is advised 
 
To book a place on the workshop, please enquire at: rod@gestaltbirmingham.co.uk

CPD Event – March 2021

 

Uncultivated Certainty: Knowledge, Truth and the Limits of Uncertainty

With Chris O'Malley

What’s wrong with certainty, the poor relation of its popular polarity, uncertainty? Why do we shy away from embracing and talking of our certainty, lacking confidence to name it in our gestalt clinical work? Where is our Creative Indifference without access to certainty? Are we ashamed of certainty; is it linked in our minds to abuse of power and privilege? Is certainty hidden, taken for granted and what is certainty as something to work with?

Can it be that, as Wittgenstein would tell us, certainty is in a different category to knowledge and is as such unburdened by issues of right and wrong, or that it is the ‘perceptual faith’ of which Merleau-Ponty speaks?

In the workshop, Certainty will be exhumed from its early grave and reinstated to its place as a living, embodied quality with a vital role to play in the presence-ing of ourselves and our clients.

Chris O’Malley is a gestalt therapist, supervisor and trainer living and working in Birmingham. He co-devised and delivered CPD/Conference workshops on Shame and on Sex, and most recently on Certainty. His article ‘Coming Out in Appreciation’ was published in the second edition of the New Gestalt Voices Journal and he has had letters and Opinion pieces published in the British Gestalt Journal.
Full programme, dates and booking links coming soon

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