"Emotional fitness": Body, brain, exercise and psychotherapy
Mind and Body come together in this one-day workshop exploring the links between physical exercise and mental health: there is growing recognition that exercise improves mental health and well-being as well as its benefits for physical health. Exercise has benefits for depression, anxiety and trauma and is now prescribed on the NHS: emotions and traumatic memories are stored and experienced in the body and exercise can improve mood, reduce anxiety and release traumatic tension. The fitness industry has developed a new concept of wellness to express this idea as their definition of fitness now includes mental health and there is growing interest in the sector in the psychological benefits of exercise.
This experiential workshop will include an outdoor fitness session in the beautiful Victoria Park, with space to reflect of the session on your own emotions and internal process. It will also cover:
- The impact of trauma on the brain/body/nervous system.
- How exercise impacts on the brain and body through the nervous and endochrine systems.
- Exercise with depression, trauma and anxiety.
- Exercise and thinking/relief from troubling thoughts.
- Latest approaches to combing physical activity with psychotherapy.
- The risks and meaning of over-exercising.
- How to understand your client's relationship with exercise and its impact on their mental health.
- Implications of this approach for traditional ways of thinking about the body in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory and the potential impact on your practice.
- The emotional fitness approach, combining physical exercise with a therapeutic relationship to aid recovery from depression, trauma and anxiety.
The training is for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, other mental health professionals and trainees interested in the relationship between body and mind, movement therapies, wellness and the impact of exercise.
About Andrew Keefe
Andrew Keefe is a psychodynamic psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and fitness instructor. He has 20 years experience as a therapist, at the Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture and WPF Therapy and a long track-record of training. He works in private practice, offering therapy, fitness sessions and "therapeutic fitness" a combination of the two.