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 An Introduction to Body Psychotherapy – An ERT Approach

Since the 1980’s Embodied-Relational Therapy has developed a psychotherapeutic approach to working relationally with embodied experience. Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) has its roots in Reichian bodywork, process approaches, psychodynamic psychotherapy and earth centred spirituality. It is an holistic integrative approach focusing on two facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. To be alive we need to be a body, to be alive we need to relate to others; our greatest challenges and our greatest joys follow from these twin facts.

This two day workshop offers an experience of ERT through an exploration of our own styles of embodied relating. It will be valuable for therapists working across a range of modalities, from psychotherapists and counsellors, to yoga teachers, to bodywork practitioners, who would like to expand and deepen their ways of being and working with themselves and with their clients. It is also open to non-therapists wishing to explore their relationship with their own embodiment. Through experiential exercises, with plenty of time for reflection and discussion, we will look at:

  • How we experience and make contact, in ourselves, with others, with our world.
  • Noticing the contact “channels” we habitually work in…language? bodily experience? dreaming?
  • How we might differentiate and broaden our range to gather relational information and deepen our contact
  • How we can amplify our experience in the service of working therapeutically
  • How to integrate this experience both in ourselves and with our clients

About Us:

 Kate O’Halloran


I have over 20 years experience of supporting process, as a facilitator and workshop leader.

I practise as an Embodied-Relational Therapist, indoors and outdoors, in Norwich. I am interested in the imaginal, the liminal, and the marginal, in language as a form of embodiment, in dreaming and in wildness. I am a member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) which aims to locate psychotherapy and counselling in its social context.

Matthew Bowes


I am an AHPP accredited and UKCP registered integrative body psychotherapist and ERT practitioner living and working in Brighton.  I also trained as a Jungian analyst for 4 years.  I have 20 years experience working on my own process of embodiment through yoga, meditation and psychotherapy and with clients in my counselling practice.   I am passionate about therapy being not only a means of alleviating symptoms but also a process of deepening self-awareness which has the potential to help us lead a richer, more engaged, and more relational life.  I am interested in Buddhist philosophy/practice and enjoy working my allotment.

When: 10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November

Where:  Unity Yoga 130 Lewes Rd, Brighton BN2 3LG

Cost: £150 (£130 early bird until 25th September)

For more information or to book, please use the contact form or telephone Matthew directly on 07973 669993 or email

Please note, Kate and I will be holding this workshop again in Norwich in April 2017 date tbc

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