We are all body psychotherapists: a day with Nick Totton
In this talk and workshop, renowned body psychotherapist Nick Totton will be exploring the idea that embodied relationship is the ground of psychotherapy – not the essence, or the core, but the ground, from which everything grows, and on which all our theories are erected.
It is our bodies which sense and are changed by the state of other bodies, as a result of which we experience feelings and thoughts and impulses. As infants and children our bodies seek sustainable ways of reacting to the bodies that care for us, and these develop into patterns of embodied activation – what Nick calls ‘engrams’, which shape our ways of relating to others, and which we explore in therapy under titles like ‘transference’, ‘counter transference’ and ‘projection’.
Nick says: “I find that it helps enormously in our work to stay aware that these phenomena occur first of all in our bodies. Like everyone, therapists track and respond to the information our bodies are giving us about other people; but this often happens unconsciously, and conscious awareness of the process enables us to use it more skilfully. We are all already body psychotherapists – but we can gain a lot from knowing that we are!
The morning of the day will consist of an interactive talk and in the afternoon I will offer some accessible experiential work to explore the concept discussed”.
About the host
Nick Totton is a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with 35 years’ experience. He originally trained as a neo-Reichian body psychotherapist, since when his approach has become broad based and open to the spontaneous and unexpected. He has spoken, taught and published widely on body psychotherapy, psychotherapy and politics, and eco-psychology.