Frozen in time: working with anxiety through a body-based approach

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10 June 2023

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Price: Qualified Practitioners £85;Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee £75; WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff £60

Location: online


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Anxiety is widely considered as a psychological or a brain response to real or imagined danger. What happens when we consider our clients’ whole-body experience of anxiety?

During this workshop we will be able to explore the following questions:

  • Are you interested in working with anxiety?
  • Do you know that anxiety is linked to early relational trauma?
  • Are you aware of how anxiety can become encoded in the musculature, influencing movement patterns, posture and impacting close relationships?
  • What happens when we consider our clients’ whole-body experience of anxiety?
  • Are you interested in increasing your awareness of a somatic approach to anxiety explored through a relational and cultural lens?
  • What is a body-based approach in therapeutic practice and how can this method be utilised in your clinical practice?
  • Do you want to increase your understanding of how anxiety might show up personally and in the space between person to person?

This workshop will focus on the physiological, embodied experience of anxiety, particularly in terms of sensations, emotions, energy and movement. During this day we will highlight the link to relational trauma and examine how anxiety can impact close relationships.

At the end of this workshop you will: 

  • Have a better understanding of anxiety as a whole-body response to real/undefined danger, highlighting the physiological response, such as sensations, feelings, emotions, energy and movements.
  • Be better able to link early relational trauma with chronic states of anxiety in adults and consider the impact on physical health.
  • Have gained an understanding of, and experience of ways in which the body holds anxiety and how relationally present-centred anxiety might manifest in the space between two bodies.
  • Leave feeling more skilled at working with anxiety using a body-based, sensory-awareness led approach.

Workshop Leader

Suzanne Worrica is an experienced Gestalt therapist, trainer and facilitator.    She runs a private practice, is Gestalt trainer and facilitator for Re-vision, teaches on the Nature Allied Psychotherapy Diploma and designs and delivers workshops for counselling training and voluntary sector organisations.

Her background includes 15 years of experience working in the field of mental health, with the voluntary sector and NHS. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice.

Suzanne has an interest in exploring where neuroscience meets Gestalt therapy practice and the body-mind relationship. Current areas of research are relational trauma, intersections of identity and cultural and social considerations in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.

Target Audience

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

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