The Body within the Therapeutic Relationship - New Course

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The model of bodywork used in this course is based on an integration of the theories of two psychotherapists, Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Each devoted a large portion of their professional lives to understanding the impact of formative process on the body.

Wilhelm Reich, who was a student of Freud and a gifted analyst, subsequently developed his theory of character structure. Alexander Lowen, who was a client and a student of Reich, collaborated in developing the approach known as bioenergetics. In practice these models gracefully complement each other in their theories and practice when working with the effects of unconscious trauma and survival systems in the body.

Within psychotherapy we frequently use cognitive memory and emotional memory to understand our history, to explore how we got here, why we have become who we recognise we are. This is not the full extent of our resources for self-information. In this theory we will explore how the body inhabits that history, how the story of the self is laid down at a somatic level and is always speaking and communicating. This course is about learning to read and explore the language of the body in the therapeutic space.

Course Outline


The course provides a theoretical and skills based experiential model for inclusion of the body in the therapeutic process, from a Humanistic and Integrative perspective. The aim is to introduce you to the theoretical model and experiential skills which will facilitate the inclusion of body awareness in the therapeutic relationship.


The course draws from the theory and practice of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen in its approach. There is a specific focus on character structure defence theory in practice.

Theory content will be linked to specific experiential techniques.


Understanding of theory will be supported through applied skills sessions, experiential work and theory /lecture , discussion input.

Process & Purpose

It is expected that participants are capable of holding their own experiential process when undertaking this course. Use of process through role play and more experiential exercises will be approached as an aid to clinical understanding - not personal therapy.

Our purpose is to introduce you to the inclusion of an additional perspective to your current practice. This perspective allows process at a physical level to be recognised and explored in a stable clinical context. As course facilitators we are committed to communicating an integrative model of bodywork, which is practised from a humanistic perspective.


Dates 25 - 26 November 2023
16 - 17 December 2023
20 - 21 January 2024
17 - 18 February 2024
06 - 07 April 2024
Time 10.30a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Cost Cost €1200.00. A booking deposit of €50.00 with balance payable of €1150.00.
* Early bird rate of €1100.00 if booking is made before September 1st.
Venue Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Morehampton Road, Ranelagh, DUBLIN 4. D04YF66, Ireland

* Deposit is non-refundable if a place is offered and accepted. The balance is paid on the first day of the course

Facilitator Profile

Deirdre Collins MIAHIP, MICP, ECP.

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Deirdre has been a core trainer on the Integrative Bodywork Course since 2001. She has a career long interest in the link between the body and the unconscious in the therapeutic process. She has facilitated many training groups over the years.

Deirdre has worked as a psychotherapist for the last 25 years. She has been a partner in the Integrative Psychotherapy Practice since 2001 where she maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor.


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Ray is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist, group facilitator, lecturer, and supervisor.

He has over 19 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy. He has run many experiential personal development courses, workshops and groups. He is a faculty member and lecturer on counselling and psychotherapy at PCI College and formerly taught at ICPPD College.

Ray has an extensive private practice in Rathmines and Kildare.

Course Application

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