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Therapy in Motion
Therapeutic body language, proximity, movement and somatic communication

A 2-day conference with Roz Carroll, Fabiano Culora, Jon Blend, Dr Beatrice Allegranti, Dr Pat Ogden, Heather Mason, Dr Tamara Russell

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March 2015


Body language, movement and gesture have always been explicit focuses of dance movement and body psychotherapies but they actually are implicit in every face to face approach to psychotherapy: micro-movement, gesture and bodily expression are central to human communication whether consciously perceived or not. Recent years have seen great advances in bringing awareness to the theme of bodily communication, affect regulation, and understanding dissociation. Yet the resources in working directly with movement as an aspect of therapeutic work is largely undeveloped in mainstream psychotherapy.

This conference brings together some leading practitioners at the cutting edge of movement theory and its application in psychotherapy. It features the fruits of interdisciplinary research in fields such as attachment, developmental psychology, anthropology, ethology, yoga, cross-cultural studies, dance, mindfulness, medicine, performing arts, somatic psychology, neuroscience and martial arts. Study in all these areas has contributed to a profoundly deepened understanding of non-verbal behaviour both as a source of meaning and as a ubiquitous shaper of therapeutic communication.

For therapists not trained in working with body language it can seem very daunting to engage in exploring it. Yet these speakers have all bridged the nuances of bodily movement in the psychotherapy relationship, developing new accessible and creative syntheses in technique and relational engagement. They will focus on therapeutic skills and opportunities around engaging explicitly with the client's bodily process. There will be detailed illustration of how proximity, rhythmicities, postural mirroring, gesture, and micro movements can be included in therapeutic dialogue.


Roz Carroll
Roz Carroll is a Chiron-trained body psychotherapist. Her movement experience includes twenty-five years of authentic movement practice. Over the past two decades she has vigorously pursued interdisciplinary dialogue, and counts attachment theory, authentic movement and relational psychoanalysis as among the most important influences on her work. She teaches on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters, including, most recently 'Four Modes of Attending to the Body in Psychotherapy' in ed. (2014) K. White Talking Bodies: How do we Integrate Working with the Body in Psychotherapy from an Attachment and Relational Perspective?

Fabiano Culora
Fabiano is a Somatic Movement Therapist and Integrative Bodyworker (Dip.IBMT, RSMT). His individual and group sessions explore bodymind connectivity, experiential anatomy and the relationship between expressive moving arts and therapeutic processes. A movement practitioner/reflective researcher in Higher Education since 2002, Fabiano's pedagogical perspective is that teaching is a craft in continual refinement, where students' individual journeys inspire process. He is currently on faculty at the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He has taught throughout the UK, Europe, as well as USA, Russia and Iceland. He invests with deep respect for the transformational possibilities that arise through aware relational practices. Fabiano's personal ongoing practice of Authentic Movement underpins his work as a therapeutic witness and compassionate teacher.

Jon Blend
Jon Blend is a relational gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor, and Lifemusic practitioner who has worked extensively in psychiatry. He tutors in arts therapies at Gestalt Centre, London and abroad. Inspired by Laura Perls and Ruelle Frank, Jon tailors movement and drama experiments, helping clients explore present experience in relational ways. He facilitates intergenerational dialogue groups with Holocaust descendants seeking to bring movement into stuck/taboo areas of their trauma legacy. Read more...

Dr Beatrice Allegranti
Dr Beatrice Allegranti is a dance movement psychotherapist, dance artist, capoeira practitioner, researcher and educator. She convenes the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton, Department of Psychology and supervises doctoral research across the arts therapies and counseling psychology. In 2012 Beatrice was appointed Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and founded the Centre for Arts Therapies Research. Read more...

Dr Pat Ogden
Pat Ogden, PhD is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school that specializes in training psychotherapists in somatic/cognitive approaches for the treatment of trauma, developmental and attachment issues. She has 35 years experience working with individuals and groups, is a co-founder of The Hakomi Institute, serves on the faculty of The Naropa University, and lectures internationally. She is the first author of the groundbreaking book, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy.

Heather Mason
Heather Mason is the founder of the Minded Institute an organization that both trains professionals and develops, implements, and researches innovative methods for mental health treatment based on the fusion of yoga therapy, mindfulness techniques, neuroscience, and psychotherapy. The Minded Institute offers a renowned 500 hr yoga therapy training program in the UK for professionals who are specifically interested in using yoga therapy to work with clinical mental health populations, runs regular CPDS, and creates mind-body interventions for stress and mental health disorders. Read more...

Dr Tamara Russell
Dr Tamara Russell is a clinical psychologist working with individuals with chronic mental health issues. Combining her clinical, neuroscience and martial arts training, her approach engages both body and mind by using mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches. She has created the Body in Mind Training Programme - (BMT). BMT comprises gentle physical exercises conducted in a Mindful way to enhance mental and physical well-being. Tamara has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (UCL); a PhD in Psychology (Institute of Psychiatry, KCL); MSc Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry, KCL) and BSc Psychology (UCL). Read more...


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Self-funded: £235
Organisationally-funded: £300
As part of season ticket: £105
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Thornhaugh Street

09.30 Registration and drinks
10.00 Start
13:15 Lunch
17.00 End

10.00 Start
13:15 Lunch
17.00 End