“Couples Body Psychotherapy” 2020-2021
A training course in couple therapy through Body Psychotherapy
With Gabriel Shiraz
Includes ten classes (each one a whole day) – held on Thursdays, every three weeks.
And a two-day workshop at the end of the course
The course will be held in English, via Zoom
Starting on 5 November 2020 from 14:00 – 20:00 Israel time | 12:00 – 18:00 European time
This course is designed for psychotherapists with expertise in various fields, interested in working with couples, and going deeper into the theme of the couple relationship in the therapy room. using therapeutic tools from the world of Body-Psychotherapy, such as mindfulness techniques, communication methods, movement, touch, and breathing.
It is a CPD course – Continuing Professional Development. Course graduates will receive a diploma and CPD certification.
The learning process will provide the individual therapist with tools for working with couples, together with personal empowerment and broadening the therapeutic capacity. On our journey of experiential and theoretical learning, we will learn about the complexity of couples therapy, which requires us to contain “the four entities” present in the therapy room: each of the two partners, their relationship, and the therapist, as well as the relational ties between them all.
• 5 November 2020 – The first meeting; the setting for couple therapy.
• 26 November 2020 – Needs, versus, desires, conflicts, and mediation methods.
• 17 December 2020 – Working with the narratives of the individual and of the couple.
• 7 January 2021 – Tension, stress, crisis situations and routine in a couple’s relationship.
• 28 January 2021 – Communication styles, individual and couple patterns.
• 18 February 2021 – The Primary Couple Personality and Couple Armour.
• 11 March 2021 – Therapeutic work with couples on questions of intimacy and sexuality.
• 8 April 2021 – Dealing with explosive issues – struggles for control, money, aggression and others.
• 29 April 2021 – Aspects of the spiritual and beliefs in a relationship and their impact on the couple
• 20 May 2021 – The therapeutic space, and the processes of summing-up, closure, and separating.
• June 2021 (the exact date will be decided on later) – a two-day workshop (14 hours) – summing-up and conclusion, in English for students from Europe, and in Hebrew for students from Israel.
Body Psychotherapy is a mind-body-energy therapy method. Its approach to the couple and the family is holistic. It explores the different layers within us: thought and behaviour patterns, body structure and body image, our breathing, movement, and posture, physical and emotional expression, resonance within the couple and the family, mind-body relationships, psychosomatic and sexual problems, belief systems, personal and couple potential.
Each session is taught and practiced individually, in pairs, and in groups. The course draws on unique ways of working with couples from the world of body psychotherapy – through therapeutic discourse, movement, mind and body awareness, sculpting from the world of Virginia Satir, and more. Through a process of personal learning and development, we will observe and explore different situations in couples and family therapy. Over the year, we will broaden our therapeutic capacities – from working with individuals, to working with couples – presenting case studies from therapy and using discussions and training. Once the course ends, we will progress to a group support and supervision structure and training.
The course will be given in English, and open to therapists around the world. At the end of the course, in June 2021, we will decide on the date for the concluding workshops and the end of the process, in English for participants from Europe, and in Hebrew in Israel – depending of course on global developments.
The price of the training course is GBP 875 / EUR 950 / USD 1,100, and is payable in 3-6 installments. In June 2021, there will be another payment for the two-day workshop – GBP 160.
Gabriel Shiraz is a trainer, lecturer, supervisor, and body psychotherapist for individuals, couples, therapists and groups. He has worked for over two decades. He founded and was a director of the Body Psychotherapy program at Reidman College, from 2001 to 2008. Gabriel is currently a senior trainer at Reidman College, University of Haifa, and teaches Couple Therapy and Body Psychotherapy at other institutes in Israel and Europe, including the London School for Biodynamic Psychotherapy (LSBP). He is a qualified member of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP). Gabriel studied Biodynamic psychotherapy with the late Gerda Boysen in the nineties. He works with trained psychotherapists who want to develop and expand their skillsets in couple therapy and body psychotherapy. He believes that every experienced body psychotherapist can advance to working with couples as well. He also runs workshops for couples with a focus on improving their communication and relationships. Gabriel is 54 years old, and married with four children
For further details, please contact me by email or phone.