The Body within the Therapeutic Relationship

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

Wilhelm Reich, who was a student of Freud and a gifted analyst, developed his theory of character structure defence at the turn of the last century. Alexander Lowen, who was a client and student of Reich, collaborated in developing the approach known as bioenergetics. In practice these models gracefully complement each other in their theories and approach to resolving the effects of unconscious trauma in the body.

Within psychotherapy we frequently use cognitive memory to look backwards at our history, to observe how we got to here, why we have become who we recognise we are. This is not the full extent of our resources of self- information. We also maintain an emotional history of self and we also inhabit a physical/somatic context of self - a body history. There is an obvious and significant triad here.

Character structure defence and the bioenergetic approach have at their core an inclusion of the body in their theoretical framework and seek to provide an understanding of how the body process can be accessed and included in the psychotherapy relationship.

Course Outline


The course teaches you a theory and skills based experiential model for inclusion of the body in process work with clients, within a Humanistic and Integrative perspective. The aim is to provide you with sufficient theoretical knowledge and experiential skill to facilitate the inclusion of a body awareness context within the therapeutic relationship.


The course draws from the theory and practice of Wilhelm Reich and also of Alexander Lowen in its approach. There is specific focus and inclusion of character structure defence theory in practice and the development of a bioenergetics' perspective.

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 in undertaking the course. Use of process - through role-play and the more experiential exercises - will be viewed and approached as an aid to clinical understanding- not personal therapy.

Our purpose is to facilitate the inclusion into your current mode of working of an additional perspective that allows process at the 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 bioenergetic in theory and approach and practiced from a humanistic perspective.

A certificate of completion for CPD is presented at the close of the course.


Dates Future dates to be announced
Time 10.30a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Cost Cost €750.00. A booking deposit of €50.00 with balance payable of €700.00
Venue Cherith Centre, Carmelite Monastery, Firhouse, Dublin 24.

* Deposit is non-refundable if a place is offered and accepted. The balance is paid in two instalments on the first and third weekends.

Facilitator Profile

Paddy Logan MIAHIP

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He trained in Humanistic & Integrative psychotherapy and provides individual and group psychotherapy, supervision and consultancy services.

As a trainer and facilitator he has extensive experience with group process work throughout Ireland. Formerly on the staff of the Institute for Creative Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Tivoli Institute Dun Laoghaire, the Irish Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at Turning Point and the Dublin Business School.

He is an accredited supervisor with IAHIP and maintains an extensive private practice.

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.

Course Application

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