Education & Training

Professional three year Body Psychotherapy Training Course.

Psychotherapy Training Course: Somatic Therapy Training Brisbane Australia

Our next training intake is in May, 2019.

The training is a three year, part time training and there are four x four day workshops per academic year with reading, homework and practise sessions in between. The cost of the training is $4,200 per year (payable in four instalments). Additional costs are twelve individual therapy session per year with a body psychotherapist, required reading book list and ten supervision sessions in year 3.

Classes are held at: 17a Bishop Street, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane.

The emphasis of the training is on self awareness and personal growth, working with the interplay of the emotional mind and the physical body, trauma resolution, relationships & intimacy and leadership. The course is theoretical, experiential and practical.


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 Training Dates for intake commencing in March 2019
Training hours are 9.30 – 5.00 each block of 4 days
Attendance at these workshops blocks is essential
 Dates for first year
March 2019 Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th
 June 2019 Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th
Aug / Sep 2019 Saturday 31st, Sunday 1st, Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd
 Nov 2019 Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th



Core Energetic topics covered in this Professional training:

Energy and Consciousness

An introduction to the Core Energetics model of energy and consciousness and exercises to help students experience charge and discharge, expansion, contraction, flooding, leaking and stasis. Principles of pain and pleasure, including breathing, movement, feelings, grounding, pulsations, life force and energy streaming. Energy centres and the energy field are introduced.

The Personality

An overview of Core Energetic Personality theory including the mask (psuedo personality), lower self (shadow) and higher self (real self, truth, love and gifts) and the qualitative energetic and personality differences of these aspects. An introduction to the model of Core Energetics where mind, body, feelings, will and spirit interact holistically.

Characterology – Schizoid (fragmented) Defence

Understanding the effects of parental hatred or disinterest on a pre-ego, pre-verbal development. Observation and diagnosis of the physical structure of the schizoid defence. Experiential work to fully understand the developmental factors responsible for the schizoid personality. Techniques and approaches for working with these characteristics in the therapy room.

Characterology – Oral (Undercharged) Defence

Understanding abandonment and attachment issues and the resulting neediness or counter-dependence in pre-verbal development. Observation and diagnosis of the physical structure of the oral defence. Experiential work to understand the development factors responsible for orality. Approaches and techniques for working with these characteristics in the therapy room.

Characterology – Psychopathic (Upper Displacement) Defence

Understanding the role of seduction and betrayal in the developmental wound. Observation and diagnosis of the physical structure of the psychopathic defence. Experiential work concerning the development factors responsible for psychopathy. Working with this defence in the therapy session.

Characterology – Masochistic (overcharged) Defence

Understanding enmeshment and autonomy issues. Observation and diagnosis of the physical structure of the masochistic defence. Experiential work to gain understanding on the developmental factors responsible for the masochistic wound. Approaches and techniques for working with these characteristics in the therapy room.

Introduction to Attachment

The introduction of insecure attachment and learning the characteristics of avoidant, anxious ambivalent and disorganised attachment. Experiential work to gain understanding and insight into these traumas, together with some preliminary healing responses.

Characterology – Rigid (Armoured) Defence

Understanding oedipal issues and the resulting split between the heart and the pelvis. Observation and diagnosis of the physical structure of the rigid defence. Experiential work concerning the development factors responsible for rigidity. Approaches for working with this defence in the therapy session.

Introduction to Segmental armouring.

An orientation to the Body. An explanation of Reich’s seven body segments (ocular, oral, throat, chest, diaphragm, abdomen, and pelvis). An overview of how the different segments are related to specific character defences. Introduction to the techniques used in unblocking frozen energy of the segments.

Ego functions and their Relationship to the Core.

An in depth exploration of the concept of ego in the Core Energetics model including the body as ego, transforming the ego, principles of self responsibility, the selfish aims of the negative ego, helping the ego to be in the service of the Core and the higher self and ego development and wounding in the different character structures. Emphasis is placed on the little ego and the big ego; the ego as it works for higher good and the ego as it fulfils selfish or unrealistic aims.

Core Energetic Body Readings

Students learn body reading techniques to interpret characterology and devise a treatment plan for clients.

Energy Economy

Core Energetic and Reichian concepts such as grounding, flooding, charging, discharging, flow, resistance and containment are taught. Demonstrations illustrate each energetic concept in relation to the different character structures. Physical techniques are provided for working with different forms of energy. Students work in dyads in order to directly experience the concepts and their uses in Core Energetic therapy.

Breathing, Moving, Feeling

Theories of breathing in CE. Techniques for using breathing to open physical and emotional blocks. Breathing differences among the character structures. Staccato breathing. Relationship of breath to feeling, characterology as a disruption of natural movement patterns. The movements that integrate the body.

Sensing Energy and Soft Techniques

Using touch in therapy. Learning about the use of ethical touch and when it is appropriate and when it is not. Soft techniques and healing techniques for working with the energy of the aura and the physical body. Reading energy as a diagnostic tool, using sensory awareness. Appropriate uses for soft techniques and energy work in the therapeutic relationship. Energetic techniques to aid therapists in relating to their clients.

Anger, Resistance and the Upper Body

Techniques to work with anger and resistance held in the upper body. Core Energetic techniques for the head, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, back and diaphragm. Teachings about the manifestation of anger in different character structures and specific approaches to working with it are demonstrated and experienced by students.

Working with Sexual Blocks

Sexuality is studied in connection to the life force, blockages to that force, and the developmental process as it affects the sexuality of each of the five character structures. The course emphasizes exploration of belief systems developed in childhood, as well as gender and identity issues. Physical techniques for working with the pelvis; techniques for integrating sexual energy in the segments of the body; methods for joining the head, heart and pelvis, and sexual issues in the therapeutic relationship in terms of transference and countertransference are explored.

Applying techniques for Character Structures

An intensive class focusing on using various techniques as they would apply to specific character structures. Further training in techniques with the emphasis on helping students integrate the appropriate technique with the developmental history of the person. Working in dyads helps students assess their knowledge of Core Energetic methods and integrate the teachings of the second year. Hands on experience in the methods and concepts of the Core Energetic model.

Segmental Armouring 2

Provides working experience of using techniques in every area or segment of the body (occipital, oral, throat, thoracic, diaphragm, abdomen, pelvis). Discovery of subtle aspects of each segment (skin colour, temperature, hair growth, texture of the skin, smell). Specific techniques for each segment of the body depending on the character structure. Hands on experience in working to unblock armoured segments of the body.

Assessment and Diagnosis

This class builds on the knowledge from the first and second years to help the student more expertly diagnose, assess and plan. Focus includes learning about the scope of body psychotherapy and being able to assess when clients are outside of our scope and when to refer to other professionals. Topics of mood disorders and personality orders are introduced.

Introduction to Core Couples Therapy Training – transforming relationships

Couples training focuses upon the deeper aspects of love, sex and eros. Focus includes confronting the resistance and blocks to love and sexuality, and working with issues such as lack of trust, affairs, abuse, sexual addiction and sexual avoidance, “dependency” & communication.

Releasing and Transforming the Lower Self

Work will concentrate on therapeutic methods to make true contact with the lower self including the concepts of denial, destructiveness, cruelty, hate and terror. There will be practise therapy sessions to help therapists in training receive and accept the lower self process of their clients, particularly when the lower self is directed at the therapist.

The Higher Self

The theory of the higher self will be taught together with techniques for accessing the higher self and helping the client meet his/her higher self through lower self release. Experiential work to help students understand and access their own higher self in service of assisting clients to access their higher self, gifts and creativity.

Advanced training in Body Psychotherapy for sexual issues

Included in this module is how to work with clients who have had sexual abuse, sexual transference and counter transference, techniques for changing dysfunctional beliefs about sexuality and learning about sexual addiction and sexual avoidance. Teaching and techniques will also be discussed for issues such as impotence, erectile disorder, gender identity issues, premature ejaculation, inability to ejaculate and inability to orgasm.

Psychosomatics and Body Psychotherapy

Emphasis is on the interplay of the body, mind and spirit as they relate to illness, disease, injuries and wellness. Exploration of the relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, between the immune system and emotion, and between life energy and physical health.

Confronting & Penetrating the mask through work with transference.

An exploration and teaching of transference as it is displayed by each character structure in terms of mask or pseudo behaviour. Focus will be on working with transference in a therapeutic setting, and learning to confront attitudes of denial, negative intent, vicious circles and destructive patterns as they relate to transferential issues.

Body Techniques to transition Resistance

Approaches to recognise resistance in therapy (verbal, behavioural and physical). Students will learn to perceive resistance in the musculature, respiratory, digestive and other systems together with learning physical techniques for expressing and transforming negative feelings.


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