Walking the Talk: Self-Care as the Heart of Psychotherapy
a collaborative and (r)evolutionary workshop for therapists, counselors, social workers, chaplains, professional listeners….
Carrie Gray MFT, Angela Porter IMF, & Matthew Tousignant MA,
and special guest Jon Schreiber
Saturday, April 29 · 1:00-4:00 pm
at The Breema Center 6076 Claremont Ave Oakland Ca. 94618
What if you could practice self-care while sitting in a room with clients? What if you had tools to nurture your own vitality as a therapist that could simultaneously support your client? Breema’s body-centered, holistic approach to being present is practiced in the midst of daily life. This workshop will offer an experiential introduction to self-care principles and tools that nurture aliveness, non-judgment, harmony and well-being.
Saturday, April 29 1:00-4:00 pm
The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland
$65 ($50 if you register with a friend)
**Register by 4/15 for an additional $10 discount**
If registering with a friend, enter promo code BRINGAFRIEND for reduced rate.
Workshop includes receiving a Breema session (before or after the workshop).
3 hours CE available. ($10 processing fee)
The Breema Center is approved to offer continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs by the CAMFT (#128568)
We will focus on the body as the basis for connection and presence in psychotherapy. Breema, a dynamic, nurturing, interoceptive practice, will be used to experience coherence between body and mind as a catalyst for movement towards healing and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. Body-mind connection supports the therapist to be present. Presence invites both the client and therapist to contact and move from that within themselves which is inherently whole. Issues of compassion fatigue, counter-transference, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while a tangible atmosphere of empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and aliveness is nurtured. Particular emphasis will be placed on the experience of the practitioner, as we learn individual and partner self-care exercises. We will also explore universal principles underlying Breema—-No Judgment, Body Comfortable, Mutual Support, No Force—-and discover how they can foster a vital, openhearted relationship to life.
Breema Bodywork®, Self-Breema Exercises®, and The Nine Principles of Harmony are natural expressions of the unifying principle of Existence. They offer a practical means of becoming present, a commonsense approach to physical, mental, and emotional health, and a new way of learning that leads to increased understanding of ourselves and a deepening sense of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose.
No prior experience necessary, please come in comfortable clothing prepared to move around on a padded floor.
Carrie Gray, LMFT, MA, is a somatically-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in North Oakland. With degrees from the Wright Institute, California Institute for Integral Studies, and Wesleyan University, Carrie has approached the study of psychology, consciousness and the body from a variety of angles. Since 1999, Carrie has studied and practiced Breema’s body-based approach to “the art of being present” and is a former staff Instructor at the Breema Center. www.carriegraypsychotherapy.com
Angela Porter, IMF, CATC, CMT, is an addiction treatment specialist, and Marriage and Family Therapist intern. Trained in Gestalt, Body-centered, and Somatic therapy at Esalen Institute, body-mind connection is primary in her work. Formerly a program director at the New Bridge Foundation’s residential substance abuse treatment program in Berkeley CA, Angela incorporated the principles and practice of Breema into the treatment curriculum. Currently she is a group facilitator at Bayside Marin and maintains a private practice where Breema is foundational to her work with clients as well as in her consultation practice with colleagues. A certified Breema Instructor since 1998, Angela travels internationally teaching Breema to therapists and other healing professionals.
Matthew Tousignant, MA, CMT, is a graduate of Harvard University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. For the last 17 years he has studied Breema with its founder, Dr. Jon Schreiber, in Oakland, California and is a certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor. Based out of Lambertville, New Jersey, the body-centered therapeutic work he practices combines the universal wisdom of Breema with a practical knowledge of psychology to connect others to their unique potential as human beings. www.the5thelement.org