Webinars

As a response to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis I'm offering a number of webinars in 2020. In collaboration with Nick Totton and on my own. I'm interested in offering training from my modality Embodied-Relational and Wild therapy, that supports practitioners to bring their vitality and presence into online and phone work.

The groups will be kept to a relatively small size to support contact to be made between participants. When limitations are being put on meetings in the flesh I'm interested in finding ways to offer accessible online training that still supports connection, embodiment and relationship.

Webinars will be kept short, to no more than three hours long and with regular breaks being an integral part. Please watch this space for more details of events. I aim to be flexible and responsive to ongoing changes in the Covid 19 restrictions. This is a new and interesting venture for me; I hope you'll join me.

Bringing Embodiment Online

ONLINE EVENT, 

Thursday 9th July, 10.30 -1pm,

Minimum donation £15, Please book on Eventbrite

In these times when we are not able to meet our clients in person, how do we still work with their embodiment and our own? Huge cultural trauma, translocation and change is unfolding around us, disembodiment is often part and parcel of such experiences.

Consequently, finding ways to support our own and our clients embodiment feel central at this time.

 

The group will be limited to 16 participants, to support sharing and intimacy. I hope we will talk, think, look, touch, move, breath and explore together. Specifically enquiring into how to root into own bodies as a resource, and how to work with our clients body process online. Exploring:- self touch, movement, images, internal sensations and present sense based experience.

 

Booking required. Please be generous if you can, to support those who can’t afford to pay much.

 

I hope you’re able to join me for a resourcing workshop.

 

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Working with Erotic Charge

ONLINE EVENT

Friday 24th July, 10.30-1pm,

Minimum donation £15,

Erotic desire is a universal impulse and an essential ingredient of life. Without the fire, the playfulness and the energy of the erotic our lives can become deadened. Yet when the erotic enters the therapy room it can become deeply challenging for both client and therapist.

 

When clients become attracted to us, or we become attracted to them, our capacity to think and feel creatively and clinically can become compromised. This workshop seeks to resource practitioners to work with the erotic in their practice. My aim is to normalise this material and to support whatever needs to be faced of our professional and cultural taboos.

 

This morning workshop will include:- experiential exercise, group supervision and theory input; especially drawing from Relational Body Psychotherapy. The group will be 16 people maximum, to support safety and sharing. I have facilitated this workshop several times over the past seven years, each day has felt enlivening, enjoyable and illuminating. I hope you can join me.

 

This workshop would serve as useful ‘taster’ for my Playing with Fire course starting in October.

Booking required, please be generous to support those who can afford less.

Therapy as Play.

Resourcing practitioners to work in turbulent times

ONLINE EVENT

Thursday 10th September, 10.30-1pm,

Minimum donation £15,

Is our work as counsellors and psychotherapist about to become more complex and demanding? It’s unknown how the turbulence from COVID-19, and approaching economic depression, the climate crisis etc will impact ourselves, our client’s, and our culture.

 

This webinar seeks to resource practitioners in their work; specifically exploring how we might relax into our demanding role. Play is fundamental to our development as babies and children. This workshop will explore the idea that it is also fundamental to the therapeutic process. The interaction between therapist and client is a way of creating and exploring reality. Through play we try on and experiment with different aspects and parts of ourselves. Through play the paradox that therapy is both real and pretend can be held.

 

Re-conceptualising therapy as play, offers the possibility of relaxing and being lighter with the demands of our role. It also gives us theoretical ground to support more-than-rational and non-expert approaches.

 

On this experiential workshop we will explore ways that you may currently play in your work and ways to develop and expand playing as a resource. Getting curious about the play of words, sensations, movements, images, fantasies and contact.

 

My experience as an Embodied-Relational Therapist, supervisor and trainer is that it is possible to enjoy our work, to feel creative and to play. I hope that you will join me.

Maximum participants 20, minimum booking donation £15.

Walk in the Wild Webinar

Working with clients outside

Friday, 18th of September 10:30am -1pm 

Minimum donation £15,

For those counsellors and psychotherapists who have a longing to work outside with their clients the COVID-19 crisis could prove a valuable spur this summer and autumn. My aim in this webinar is to provide some support to that process.

 

On the workshop my aim is to find our path between:-

The practical – contracting, reconsidering the frame, the scope and possibility of client work outside.

The personal – supporting our own and our clients wildness. Exploring how to develop wild mind, or ecological consciousness.

The political – What hope can eco-systemic thinking offer us and our world at this time of turbulence?

 

Drawn from Wild Therapy the Ecopsycology approach developed by Nick Totton, that I teach and practice. My aim is to make this accessible, fun and enlivening. For those who value reading material, the webinar and will be supported by a Dropbox of Ecopsychology and Wild Therapy articles.

 

This workshop would serve as an ideal taster for my Playing with Fire Online course starting in October 2020.

Booking required. Please be generous if you can, to support those who can’t afford to pay much.

HOW TO BE A BAD THERAPIST

A webinar series with Nick Totton and Allison Priestman

Fortnightly starting Friday 8th May, 11-1pm
Booking by donation, £10 minimum

 

We all want to be good therapists. But how do we know what a good therapist is like? Some of the available models are questionable, relying on crude rules about what not to do, for example:

Don't disclose – Don't touch – Don't show uncertainty – Don't show strong emotion – Don’t be visibly or audibly sub-cultural – Don't treat the client as an equal – Don’t be flexible – Always know what to do


It can be difficult to challenge these explicit and implicit rules for fear of being judged as ‘bad therapists’ – hence we may marginalise parts of ourselves and our clients. Can we be ‘good’ therapists if part of us doesn’t show up? It all seems especially relevant at this time of coronavirus: chaos and threat encourage polarisation – good/bad, safe/unsafe, professional/unprofessional ...
 

In these webinars we want to support robust, adventurous practice which trusts our own experience and instincts. Drawing from Embodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy, we will use the concepts of embodied relating and wild mind to support non-defensive practice, based in an attitude of openness, generosity, negotiation, spontaneity and relational availability, and a recognition and acceptance of appropriate risk. We believe that this offers a much greater degree of richness, depth and potential for change, as well a more respectful way of relating.

The format will include informal presentations and dialogue between Allison and Nick and webinar members, supervision, and work in pairs or small groups in Zoom breakout rooms. The first webinar will be a general discussion of these issues, and then we will see what themes emerge for further meetings. Some suggestions from us are:

 

  • How to fail gracefully and recover usefully

  • How not to know best

  • ‘It just came away in my hand’: how to vary the therapeutic frame

  • How to be inadequate

  • How to ask the client for help

  • How to cross boundaries

  • How to love (and hate) our clients

  • How to touch and be touched

  • How to be unsafe.

Nick Totton
I have been a therapist, trainer and supervisor since the early 1980s; I developed and handed on training programmes in Embodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy, and am now working part-time. I have written a number of books, including Embodied Relating, Body Psychotherapy for the 21st Century, Wild Therapy, and Not A Tame Lion. I live in Cornwall with my partner and grow vegetables.

 

 

To Book:- We still have space in this ongoing group, Nick, nick@3-c.coop Minimum donation £10; please be generous if you can, to support those who can afford less. Maximum number 30 participants.

Allison Priestman 2020

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