Webinars

I'm offering a number of webinars in 2020and 2021. 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've had feedback that these webinars provide a rich and rewarding training experience.

I hope you'll join me.

Stepping into Wild Mind,

our Ecological Consciousness

ONLINE EVENT,

Nick Totton and Allison Priestman

Online, Friday 14th May 2021, 10.30 -1pm,

£25, Book on Eventbrite

 

Wild Mind is a meta skill, a way of being, an active meditation. When in Wild Mind we are resting in our embodiment, being aware of the whole of our experience. Paying attention to our clients facial expressions, the intonation of their voice, to the light dancing in the room, the cat at the window, and the tension in our stomach.

In Wild Mind we give even attention to all channels of information. Finding a balance between our intellectual thoughts and our clinical intuition. Making space for dreams, flights of fantasy, coincidences and the seemingly inconsequential. Allowing these to be sources of information about the whole situation we are in with our clients.

In connecting to Wild Mind we step into our own wildness, whatever the context we are working in with our clients. Stepping into our ecological consciousness, the connection to the other-than- human and more-than-human that is our birth right.

Wild Mind is a way of being that is counter cultural, and at times hard to maintain. It asks of us a degree of openness, and strength to withstand the daily misunderstandings and non- recognition of its validity. It ask us to radically challenge our internal hierarchies and to stand in a different paradigm of what it means to be human being and what it means to be therapeutic.

 

We hope you can join us, for a creative exploration. The webinar will be limited to 23 participants.

Therapy as Play.

Nick Totton & Allison Priestman

ONLINE EVENT

Friday 18th June, 10.30-1pm,

£25,

Psychotherapy needs to take place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist.      D W Winnicott

 

Play, like therapy, is a very serious business when done properly. What the two centrally have in common is the quality of 'as-if'' -- that things both are and aren't as they seem, that I both really do and really don't love you or hate you. Entering this as-if space together, client and therapist are able to explore feelings and impulses that would otherwise be too dangerous and/or mysterious to entertain.

What also helps us to tolerate these scary feelings is play in its other sense of playfulness. We will be exploring how we can usefully bring in playfulness to help explore the spontaneous and creative aspects of living, enabling us to relax and let things happen of their own accord.

 

This webinar is part of the now occasional 'How to Be a Bad Therapist Webinar Series'. We hope you can join us, for a creative exploration. The webinar will be limited to 23 participants.

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Working with Erotic Charge

ONLINE EVENT

Friday 16th July, 10.00-1pm,

Book on Eventbrite Website £35,

When the erotic enters the therapy room we can be swept by strong emotions arousal, disgust, enchantment, love, hate. This is complex, often subtle work, demanding integrity and rigour.

 

I have been running workshops and webinars for the past 10 years on the theme of erotic charge. There is often a mix of excitement, nervousness and keen interest; an aliveness that feels ultimately life affirming.

 

I will be offering a theoretical framework to make sense of the embodied, relational complexity that can often unfold when the erotic emerges. I will be aiming to normalise the experience and support you to draw from your existing skill base. The morning webinar will combine theoretical input, group discussion, explorations in breakout rooms and supervision.

The workshop will be limited to 13 participants. There are three concessionary places at £25, please email me if you wish to book one.

 

To view a recent video I made of my approach to working with the erotic.

 

I hope you can join me Allison

Walk in the Wild Webinar

Working with clients outside

Allison Priestman

Friday, 17th September 2021, 10am -1pm 

£35, Book on Eventbrite

Wild therapy -bringing therapy into the Wild, and the Wild into therapy.

An opportunity to gain confidence in working with clients outside.

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. 

The group will be kept small to a maximum of 14 people. There are a small number of concessionary places available at £25, please email me if you wish to book one.

 

This morning webinar would serve as a useful taster for both Playing with Fire and the Embodied-Relational Therapy training starting in April 2022.

Embodied Relating Webinar

 Allison Priestman

ONLINE EVENT,

Fri, 24 September 2021, 10:00 – 13:00

£35, Book on Eventbrite

"Our body bathes in and soaks up the embodied presence of the client; we catch fire from her; we breathe her in and metabolise her; our ground state reverberates to her rhythms, and our own rhythms shift to meet them." (Totton, Embodied Relating, 2015)

 

On this webinar we will study the complex and subtle skills of connecting to and utilising our embodiment as a relational resource. The starting place for working relationally, is being with our own experience in the moment. Working in this way requires us to develop a practice of moment to moment awareness of our multi-channelled experiences. Paying attention to our emotions, internal sensations, thoughts, dreams and fantasies as information about the unfolding process between us and our clients.

 

In therapy we have the double task of allowing ourselves to fall into the soup with our clients, to be immersed in the relational dynamics, and also to be able to witness, and have a meta position on what’s unfolding.

 

This webinar is drawn from my work with and immersion in Nick Totton’s teaching; particularly his book Embodied Relating. My aim is to introduce theory in an open, accessible way, and to have a collaborative dialogue with the group about how to strengthen your embodied relating. Combining discussion and experiential exercises in small groups.

 

The group will be kept small to a maximum of 14 people. There are a small number of concessionary places available at £25, please email me if you wish to book one.

 

This morning webinar would serve as a useful taster for both Playing with Fire and the Embodied-Relational Therapy training starting in April 2022.

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Therapy as a Practice of Truth

Nick Totton and Allison Priestman

ONLINE EVENT,

Friday 26th March 2021, 10.30 -1pm,

£25, Book on Eventbrite

 

This webinar will present a view of therapy as a practical study of truth and its consequences, untruth and its consequences, and how to distinguish the two. The truth which therapy studies is not just rational but emotional. Exploring it, teaches us that no truth is absolute – that truth is not singular but plural and contingent, and therefore subject to negotiation.

 

‘Negotiating truth’ is one way of defining what therapy is about. This follows from the basic set-up: there are two people in the space, each with their own views about what is going on between them and what is going on in the client's life, and each with an investment in persuading the other that their own view is correct. What a charged situation! How similar to everyday life!

 

We will explore a relational model of therapy. Studying how to unpack and make space for the complexity, contradictions and truth of our embodied experiences.

 

Nick and Allison will give a short presentation around our themes, we will make use of breakout rooms for small group discussion. We are interested in what truth emerges from our collaborative exploration as a diverse group of practitioners.

 

We hope you can join us.

Bringing Embodiment Online

ONLINE EVENT, 

Friday 22nd January 2021, 10.30 -1pm,

Minimum donation £18, Please book on Eventbrite

Minimum booking donation £18.

How can we work with embodiment online? How can we maintain good contact, an alive relationship, depth and creativity in the work, while online? 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 20 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.

 

This webinar would be a useful taster for the ERT workshop in February and/or the ERT training in Devon, starting in June 2021.

 

Embodied- Relational Therapy Webinar


Thursday December 3rd 2020, 10.30am- 1pm

Embodiment and relationship - two central and inseparable aspects of the human experience. In ERT we offer a contactful, embodied relationship and study how our clients, and ourselves respond. Developing both our intellectual and intuitive understanding, so that we are better able to utilise our embodied responses to our clients, as a resource for the work.

 

On this morning webinar we will explore the four-stage model at the heart of ERT: - contact, information gathering, amplification and integration. Exploring together what insights and resources, working in this way, could bring to your practice.

 

Embodied-Relational Therapy grew out of the Selfheal therapy training led by Nick Totton and Em Edmondson and has existed as a body psychotherapy sub modality for nearly 20 years. The ERT training is currently led by Stephen Tame, Allison Priestman and Jayne Johnson. The work is constantly developing.

 

I hope you can join me to experience the flavour of ERT. Both its willingness to support practitioners and clients to go into the unknown and its rigorous theoretical base.

 

This webinar would be a useful taster for the ERT workshop in February and/or the ERT training in Devon, starting in June 2021.

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An Experience of Embodied-Relational Therapy Webinar 
...at the meeting place of Body, Process, and Relational Psychotherapy 

 

with Stephen Tame & Allison Priestman 

27 February 2021, 10am-4pm

Cost: £90 to £45, sliding scale

 

 

This online one day workshop, will support you to explore working relationally with body experience. We will explore, through experiential and theoretical practice, the 4-stage model of Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT):


• Contact – how do we make contact, both initially and through client sessions?
• Information gathering – how can we use all our senses and different channels to orientate ourselves with clients and their processes of growth and change?
• Amplification – How do we support amplification of movements, relationship, sounds, feelings, breathing…?
• Integration –Integrating our client sessions, our own work, this workshop.

We encourage risk taking, within this safely held container; to discover and play at the edges of your own embodied-relational process; to experiment with new and embodied working with clients. We aim to address your experience of working in the flesh, and if there is interest, in working online.

This workshop is suitable for anyone working one to one in a therapeutic setting i.e. counsellors, psychotherapists, body/physical/massage therapists, yoga therapists etc. It is also a good taster for the Embodied-Relational Therapy Training starting in June 2021.

Maximum webinar participants 20 people. We’re offering a sliding scale for payment, please be as generous as you can, to support those who can afford less.

To book: download the booking form, or contact Annie at:- trainersert@gmail.com