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Body Psychotherapy Course

6-Day Training In How To Read And Work With The Body In Psychotherapy

This course is facilitated by Thomas Larkin and runs from September 12 2020 to February 16, 2021. It costs €550. You can view the hourly schedule here.

Please note that event dates may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Day 1

The Body and Attachment (am)

The Body and Character Structures – Biodynamics (pm)

The body naturally pulsates allowing for feeling and self-recognition. We look at how a child physically shuts this down in the face of uncertain parenting, the physical impact of this in terms of attachment styles and the formation of character structures – patterns of muscular tension – to maintain this shut down.

Day 2

The Psychodynamic Story of the Character Structures

A more detailed and experiential look at the seven types of character structures: the first two are based around attachment, the next three cover separation and control, with the final two covering sexuality and aggression. But all seven are built on top of each other and inter-related like Russian dolls.

Day 3

The Body and Trauma (am)

Reading the Body (pm)

Trauma is dysregulation of the nervous system from overwhelming experience. We will look at how to recognise and work with it safely. Reading the body is something we all do unconsciously and naturally, we will apply this to looking at psychological problems held in our body and where.

Day 4

The Body and Awareness (am)

Mindfulness and Focusing (pm)

The ability of clients to connect with themselves physically is important for their therapy process. We will look at the eastern art of mindfulness in this regard, both its advantages and limitations, and its western contemporary of focusing, with its more relational aspect.

Day 5

The Body and Expression – Gestalt (am)

The Body and Shame (pm)

Memory is stored in the body and is always pressing for resolution. Using gestalt theory, we will look at how to tap into this body memory, how its resolution gets blocked, and how we unblock it. Then the self-conscious emotion of shame will be explored experientially through work with touch and eye contact.

Day 6

The Body and Expression – Psychodrama

Exploring the unconscious in the body through play, tapping into our child instinct that has a clearer sense of what we need to do to help ourselves. Using psychodrama and object relations theory, we will explore body memory, both individual and inter-generational, through posture and movement.

The course will contain concise outlines of theory followed by experiential exercises to bring the theory to life. It is a practical course that will benefit your client work.
Thomas Larkin is an accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with 14 years experience. He has a masters degree in psychotherapy and is accredited with IAHIP (Irish Association for Humanisitc and Integrative Psychotherapy).

Hourly Schedule

Day 1 - Sept 12

9:30 - 13:00
The Body and Attachment
14:00 - 16:30
The Body and Character Structures - Biodynamics

Day 2 - Oct 10

9:30 - 16:30
The Psychodynamic Story of the Character Structures

Day 3 - Nov 7

9:30 - 13:00
The Body and Trauma
14:00 - 16:30
Reading the Body

Day 4 - Nov 28

9:30 - 13:00
The Body and Awareness
14:00 - 16:30
Mindfulness and Focusing

Day 5 - Jan 16

9:30 - 13:00
The Body and Expression - Gestalt
14:00 - 16:30
The Body and Shame

Day 6 - Feb 13

9:30 - 16:30
The Body and Expression - Psychodrama


Sep 12 2020


9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Thomas Larkin


Thomas Larkin