Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ongoing Consultation Group for Psychotherapists 2012

Sensation Focused Experiential Psychotherapy
I am offering an ongoing consultation group for psychotherapists that focuses on integrating the body into the therapy process, Sensation Focused Experiential Psychotherapy.  Traditional psychotherapy relies on verbal expression almost exclusively.  This consultation group  incorporates movement, body awareness, and verbal communication in a group format.  Group members meet for 90 minutes. The focus of the first segment of the meeting will be sensory based awareness and movement. The group will  transition into presentation of case material and self-study so that  members can develop their own ways of integrating the body into their psychotherapy practices.   The goal is for participants to develop embodied attunement.  There will be readings and homework assignments to supplement our work together.

By participating in this group, you will learn to assist yourself and your clients in individual, couples and group psychotherapy:

  • to approach life and relationship issues in new ways,  when traditional talking-only psychotherapy has been of limited value for desired changes
  •  to explore relationship difficulties with the added information from the body
  • to access emotions and facilitate emotional expression
  • to enhance body attunement and awareness of sensations
  • to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression at a physiological and emotional level and develop  somatic resources

The group will meet every other Wednesday, from 3:30-5 pm in my Wellesley office.  There is a limit of 6 members.  

  • Winter/Spring  2012 dates:  Feb 15, 29;  March 14, 28;  April 11, 25;  May 9, 23;  June 6, 20.

Membership requirements: all master’s and doctoral level professionals: nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, alcoholism counselors, school counselors and school psychologists, marriage and family therapists, expressive arts therapists, and psychologists; students in advanced training programs.   An individual session is required before joining at no additional charge.

About the group leader:   I am a psychologist and have been in private practice for over 30 years, working with individuals, couples and groups.  I am a Certified Group Psychotherapist and a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  I have supervised and consulted  for the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Training Program, Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Harvard Medical School Residency Program; and faculty of both AGPA and NSGP institutes and conferences, leading workshops on somatic psychotherapy.  I authored a  paper entitled “Coming to our Senses:  the application of somatic psychology to group psychotherapy” which was published in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, July, 2011.

For the past twelve years I have taught classes and led workshops in The Nia Technique.  I have led therapy groups that integrate body awareness and expressive movement with dynamic psychotherapy.

For fees and more information, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.

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