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To have attended the IDeT master class on “psychotherapy of the relational living body” by Julianne Appel-Opper.
The training consists of three groups of 3 days each:
The aim of this training is to broaden the relational skills of the participating therapists and to enable them to fully integrate the body (the patient’s and their own) in the handling of the therapeutic relationship.
At the end of this training the participants will have the practical skills that will enable them to identify the bodily resonances caused by the therapeutic relationship and to organize them into non-verbal interventions.
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Gestalt-therapist, Supervisor and International Trainer. Currently working in Germany.
She is accredited by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), a member of IARPP (International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy), UKAHPP (United Kingdom Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners), and an accredited member of BPS (British Psychological Society).
She has written numerous articles on the subject of body resonances and their use in gestalt relational therapy.
Appel-Opper, J. (2012), Relational Living Body Psychotherapy: From Physical Resonances to Embodied Interventions and Experiments. In Young, C.(Ed) (2012). About Relational Body Psychotherapy. Stow, Galashiels, http://www.bodypsychotherapypublications.com/titles_BPP-3.html,
Many Gestalt approaches of body-work are largely based on the awaress of the therapist about the body feelings of his/her patient.
Following the gestalt-therapists Jim Kepner and Ruella Franck who each have developped an original use of the body processes, Julianne Appel Opper leads us a bit further on.
By helping the therapist focusing on how his/her body resonates with the history that the body of his/her patient is telling, Julianne Appel Opper allows us to enter into a live-body-to-live-body communication, and thus allows us to access the implicit and sensitive knowledge which is operating into the relationship. This communication is a very powerful method to support healing and change.
And then, this deeply embodied and situated way to set off the body processes nourishes back the relational turn of contemporary Gestalt therapy.