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Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy


Metanoia Institute. London

Helena Kallner & Ruth Nightingale


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Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy is a relational and movement oriented approach to psychotherapy within a Gestalt therapy framework.

Movement is central to all experience and serves as fundamental support for contacting. Our movement repertoire develops relationally early in life and is a language in itself, that conveys desires, intentions and emotions. Even though our movement patterns will have changed over time, the foundations established early in life remain readily observable and available in our everyday experience.

In this workshop participants will be introduced to a phenomenological and movement-based vocabulary that supports our ability to kinaesthetically resonate with the situation. The main theme will be our sensed, direct and aesthetic experience of the situation we live in. Participants will explore how yet unaware primary movement patterns are part of their present experience and influence daily life. We will attend to the qualities of contact that we experience kinaesthetically, and how that informs us of self and otherness.

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, developed by Ruella Frank PhD, is a comprehensive system of phenomenological analysis that allows practitioners to diagnose and treat their clients using movement experiments.