Psychosexual Therapy & Education: a revolutionary approach to systemic body-orientated depth-psychology & sexual therapy
CPD days and Introductory events
Beyond Oedipus: a new approach to working with psychosexual & relational issues in everyday practice.
As therapists we recognise children’s need for mirroring in order to internalise healthy self-concepts. Less known, however, is our need to have our sexual and erotic nature mirrored, appropriate to our age and developmental phase.
How can therapists provide repair in this area and promote the natural development of the individual’s full being as a sexual, relational man or woman? How can we meaningfully respond to sexual difficulties, including secrecy and lack of desire in a culture where over-excitement masks, shame and ignorance of sexuality’s authentic depth?
Introductory weekend 20 - 21 October 2018.
This workshop will provide participants with an experiential introduction to Sexual Grounding Therapy© together with an outline of the underlying theory and the opportunity to ask questions about the work.
20th -21st October 2018
10.00am to 6.00pm
Tobias School of Art & Therapy
Coombe Hill Road
A transformational new bodywork approach to sex and love for private enrichment and professional depth, based on sound theory for effective understanding and practice, relevant for counsellors, psychotherapists, body practitoners, GP’s, teachers, trainers and educators.
What is Sexual Grounding Therapy©?
Sexual Grounding Therapy© is a powerful form of psychological self-development rooted in experiential body-psychotherapy which takes place in a group format. It was developed, in the early 1990s, by the Dutch developmental psychologist and body-psychotherapist Willem Poppeliers. It represents an innovative approach to systemic, body-oriented depth psychology and psychosexual therapy. Sexual Grounding Therapy offers something that is missing from many psychotherapeutic methods in that it focuses explicitly, directly, but at the same time sensitively on the myriad of problematic issues, which surround sexuality and relationships.
Poppeliers follows Freud in considering the primal life force to be sexual, but goes beyond Freud’s original pioneering work by exploring how sexual energy manifests itself during the whole of a person's lifetime. In particular, Sexual Grounding Therapy© provides a framework for exploring how being born into the world of our parents relationship, with all their human frailties, and into our cultural context can affect the natural flow of our energy. Willem Poppeliers’ work offers us a way to regain our healthy sexual functioning, based on his model of psychosexual development and maturation, which spans the whole of our lives from birth to death.
In Sexual Grounding Therapy© Willem Popelliers has developed exercises and therapeutic structures which enable participants to feel seen as the sexual beings they are and which give them a new experience of their sexual innocence, with full support from parents as models for male and female identity. This could be seen as process of sexual re-education, like re-learning the facts of life.
In this way, we can develop a sexual life that is grounded in reality and passes on what has been learned to future generations. We can then begin to own our true human birthright; being rooted in our bodies, supported in our minds, and linked in a line of human care - supported in our sexual ground. This state could be said to resemble Carl Jung's concept of the "Inner Marriage" of masculinity and femininity, but in Sexual Grounding Therapy the results are to be experienced much more tangibly, in our bodies and in our relationships.
During the course, participants re-experience the natural progression of development; from girlhood to becoming a woman, from boyhood to becoming a man. In dynamic exercises they experience the importance of receiving supportive sexual mirroring, which helps them to feel seen as sexual beings. There will also be theoretical explanation from the staff team in order to put their experience into a cognitive context. Participants can therefore be said to acquire a ‘cellular’ knowledge, through body experience within a sophisticated theoretical framework.
For application form visit www.psychosexualtherapycentre.co.uk.
The programme presented is the result of more than two decades of dedicated application and research drawing on diverse tested sources into the areas of intimate relationship, sexuality and gender psychology.
Trainers: Helena Løvendal & Geoff Lamb, co-founders of The UK Centre for Psychosexual Therapy & Education.
Love without power is destructive to your self.
For further details and enquiries please contact me.
"Helena has well formed foundations in her integrated theory and practice, and this gives her the capacity to be really generous in her clinical interventions with those she is training with. She always shows that her motivation to such high standards of intervention is her deep compassion for the difficult business of being human."