In these times of ever increasing change and loss of belief in the wisdom of received authorities we are faced with profound challenges. The old way to “just work hard and play by the rules” is no longer enough.
How can we respond?
We now need to wake up, to re-discover, reclaim and step into our Personal Authority and connect with a deep sense of knowing what is right for us and how we can best respond to those challenging times.
To do so takes courage, self-awareness, self-mastery and self-empathy.
Embodying Resilience programme gives us to tools just to do that.
In a snapshot: the Programme is conceived as an “Emotional DIY Course“, which will teach you cutting edge psychological approaches to resilience. It aims to help you learn skills not just to survive but to thrive and equip you with skills for life that will help you find your own inner compass and navigate through the rapids of life.
The defining feature of the programme is that it provides both “top down” knowledge to know and understand yourself psychologically as well as “bottom up” opportunities to practice new ways via mindful movement practices introduced by a movement practitioner who is a co-facilitator on the course.
This is not a “hit and run” programme where you learn some skills but are not supported in consolidating them. Its duration of 10 months allows much ground to be covered and the new patterns of sensing, thinking, feeling and acting to establish themselves so they stand the test of extreme weathers and bring fruit which is good and ripe.
At the same time the programme is responsive to demands of your life: its structure as 7 six-week modules allows you to dip in and out as necessitated by your life’s circumstances.
The Programme is jointly facilitated by practitioners of two disciplines: a registered somatic movement practitioner and a chartered counselling psychologist, both with many years experience.
Psychology brings recent neuroscience-based understanding of how we can thrive in times of change.
Somatic approach of Feldenkrais Method® of mindful movement helps us take this knowledge directly into our bodies. Feldenkrais Method does not just provide awareness – it is also an effective method for re-learning how to use our body to reduce muscular tension, re-discover spaciousness, ease, comfort and the ground of our being.
As we find new patterns of movement that feel more easeful in our bodies, our minds can also open to new possibilities and ways of being and acting in the world.
Recent neurobiology studies provide convincing evidence that somatic awareness is an integral and necessary part of psychological treatment. Yet, this ingredient is often missing in mainstream psychology treatments, which focus on the mind/brain as an autonomous unit, ignoring the somatic component of states of ease and dis-ease. Even in my own 1:1 work, I struggle to find enough time in the therapeutic hour to incorporate it in a meaningful way.
Yet the skill of shifting from being caught up in distressing thoughts and emotions into a sense of present awareness, peace and calm is a foundational skills of all mental wellbeing.
This skill allows you not be “hijacked” by your ancient limbic threat survival system into fight/flight/freeze but calm it down and respond from your pre-frontal “central executive” brain so that you act with thoughtfulness, skill, clarity, confidence, accountability and caring for yourself and the world.
The programme is structured in a phase-oriented way to gradually build up knowledge and confidence. It will cover both foundational practices as well as provide more advanced inputs, such as understanding and managing “emotional parts” of the personality, opportunities to create and “wire-in” new, more supportive re-presentations of early attachments.
The programme is non-interpretative: you will be invited to maintain a curious, observing, non-judgemental stance, be guided by your sense of ease and go at a pace that is right for
Learning in a small, supportive and confidential group is not only cost-effective, but also opens us to other perspectives, helps us to find language for our experience, allows positive identifications with others to be formed, creates inspiration and momentum for change and helps each person to feel understood in a social environment of the group.
The group will not focus on personal histories but space will be given to sharing how the social environment affects us. This will help us more clearly understand the impact the social has on our individual psychologies, as well as allow us to support and encourage each other.
The programme will be responsive to the needs and experience of participants. The intention is to explore the following areas:
- Skills for managing stress and anxiety
- Understanding and managing primary emotions
- Strengthening ability to take intended action via better understanding of defense-oriented habits of fight/flight/free that hold us back
- Developing self confidence and self-esteem
- Navigating through life’s ups and downs
- Living in the times of change
- Mentalisation and relationship skills
Is it right for me?
- The programme will be helpful for people experiencing mild and moderate anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem or interpersonal difficulties.
- The programme is not designed to address major trauma. However, it could be used as an adjunct to 1:1 work or provide a holistic integration following previous 1:1 work.
- The Programme will run from late-Sep 2020 to mid-July 2021. It will be organised in the form of 6-session modules, followed by a week’s break (2 weeks at Christmas and Easter).
- Participants will be asked to commit to one module of 6 weeks at a time. For best outcomes, you are encouraged to attend the whole year’s programme.
- Cost: £30 per session. The first session can be booked at a reduced rate of £15. You then will be able to enroll for the remainder of the module by making the advance payment £150 for the remaining 5 sessions in the series.
What is the next step?
Please contact Daniela at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to arrange an initial consultation via Zoom (£40) This will help us understand your needs better and together we can think whether the course would be suitable for you.