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Movement - our first language. An introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, Stockholm, Sweden


Leader: Helen Kallner

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy is a relational and movement oriented
approach to psychotherapy within a Gestalt therapy framework.


Date: May 6-7th, 9:30 – 16.00 both days.
Cost: 2500 SEK (tax included)
Venue: Central Stockholm
Registration: helena.kallner@gmail.com

Movement is central to all experience and serves as fundamental supports for contacting. The movement repertoire that develops relationally early in life is a language in itself, that conveys desires, intentions and emotions. Even though our movement patterns have changed over time, the foundation established early in life remain readily observable and available in our everyday experience.

In this workshop participants will be introduced to a movement based vocabulary that supports our ability to kinaesthetically resonate with the situation. The main theme will be our sensed, direct and aesthetic experience of the situation we live in. Participants will explore how yet unaware primary movement patterns are part of their present experience and influence daily life. We will attend to the qualities of contact that we experience kinaesthetically, and how that informs us of self and otherness.

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, developed by Ruella Frank PhD, is a comprehensive system of phenomenological analysis that allows practitioners to diagnose and treat their clients using movement experiments.

Helena Kallner works as a Gestalt Psychotherapists in Sweden and teaches internationally. She has trained with Ruella Frank for many years, and she is certified to teach DSP. Helena is a board member at the Gestalt Academy of Scandinavia, part of the leadership team in Relational Change and she works closely with Ekskäret Foundation