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USABP Presents: The Alchemy of Safety & Danger in Relationship Therapy

  • 16 Jun 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


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This Spotlight Series Event is brought to you in partnership with the Institute of Core Energetics.

This event will be recorded and available for members and non-members who register for this event. This course will not include CEs. 


Relationship work asks of us to live with the dynamic tension between creating safety and taking risks that can be experienced as dangerous. Finding the “window of tolerance” where couples can feel secure enough to bring forth uncomfortable truths, navigate conflict, expose vulnerabilities, and welcome each other’s individuality is essential.

The somatic relationship approach I take draws from the traditions of Core Energetics as well as the challenges and insights of my 43 year marriage to Marcia. The Embodied Relationship approach is also informed by a number of other modalities and traditions, including IFS, attachment theory, Polyvagal theory and Pathwork.

In our time together, I will address some of the key components to helping couples move from protection to connection. We will explore the fundamentals of healthy conflict, and how we support couples in activating empathic resonance.


  • Welcome
  • Interview with Presenter
  • Presentation & Experiential
  • Q & A

Areas we will cover:

  • Why there is more fear in relationship work
  • Protective patterns and what they protect
  • Honoring and releasing nervous system reactivity
  • How expressing “big energy” can be crucial
  • The “sacred shift” - from protection to vulnerability
  • Why empathy is at the heart of all relationship transformation

Learning Objectives:

• Understanding had to be in control without being controlling.
• Recognizing what each person is fighting FOR.
• The principle of “emotional layering.”
• How to distinguish young and adult needs.
• How to incorporate “catalyzing” interventions

Presenter Information

Brian Gleason, LCSW, has more than 30 years of experience in working with organizations, groups, couples, and individuals in a variety of mental health, corporate, wellness, and educational settings. Brian is a senior faculty member of the NY Institute of Core Energetics. He teaches internationally and is author of Mortal Spirit. Brian maintains a private practice in the Ashville, North Carolina area for individuals, groups, and couples, and provides supervision for therapists. Brian and his wife, Marcia Gleason, developed the Exceptional Marriage, a body-based methodology for working with committed relationships. Brian has taught world-wide and trained over two hundred practitioners and therapists in the Embodied Relationship approach. Brian and Marcia co-authored: Going All The Way: The Heart & Soul of the Exceptional Marriage and Exceptional Relationships: Transformation Through Embodied Couples Work. They offer professionals a body mind approach to engage couples. His latest book is: Relative to Everything - Reclaiming Intimacy in a Time of Global Crisis.

About the Spotlight Organization

John Pierrakos, MD developed the Core Energetics Evolutionary Process and is the founder of the Institute of Core Energetics. Core Energetics theory comes from the premise that emotional, mental and physical disturbances are symptoms of blocked energy due to an individual’s adaptive responses to environmental deficits or injuries in childhood. The work brings consciousness to how we block our energy and recreate defense patterns adapted in childhood that keep us limited and disempowered. READ MORE


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