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Relational Living Body Psychotherapy: Integrating Body to Body Communication

Workshop name: Relational Living Body Psychotherapy: Integrating Body to Body Communication
Presenter Name and Surname : Julianne Appel-Opper
Workshop duration : 3 hr

Biography of presenter :

Julianne Appel-Opper, Dip. Psychology, Clinical Psychologist (Germany), Psychological Psychotherapist (German State licensed), Registered Gestalt and Integrative Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), MUKAHPP, Supervisor (University of Birmingham, U.K., accredited by the German Chamber of Psychotherapy). She is Primary Supervisor, Examiner and Visiting Tutor at the Metanoia Institute in London. Since 2001 she has been a Visiting Tutor at several psychotherapy training institutes in Germany and in different countries. She has 25 years clinical experience. She worked in psychosomatic clinics with a wide range of clients. For twelve years she lived and worked in France, Israel, California and from 1998 to 2006 in the U.K. From 2006 she has been in private practice in Berlin. She has contributed to several journals and books about her approach ‘Relational Living Body Psychotherapy’. She has offered conference workshops, lectures and seminars in Berlin and internationally for many years. www.thelivingbody.de

Workshop presentation:

The significance of bodily process and what is communicated without words has been in the focus of recent developments in the Psychological/ Psychotherapeutic field. This workshop will give the opportunity to discover and explore ways of how the therapist can work with body-to-body-communication.

Therapist and client cocreate each other’s physical reality in an implicit communication of rhythms, melodies and subtle movements. The way a client enters the room, looks, sits, moves, breathes and gestures broadcast the embodied stories from the past. The therapist is also impacted at a bodily level and physically reacts to the embodied stories of the client for example with tiny movements, which could be a leaning back or forward, a gasp for air. This ongoing body-to-body-communication sends messages in both directions. In Relational Living Body Psychotherapy the therapist’s bodily attunement to the relational language of the client’s body, alongside an awareness of one’s physical resonances, opens possibilities for explicit interaction within this mode of communication. The therapist works with embodied interventions and experiments, for example small movements being bridged to the client’s body (not touching the client), thus reaching the client’s implicit relational knowledge and being positively transformative.

Using her experience from many years of practice and teaching focusing on the importance of the living body and body to body communication in integrative psychotherapy, Julianne offers a safe and respectful space for exercises, experiential process, live supervision as well as small group work.

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