De helende kracht van emoties

Masterclass Presence and Self-compassion in Psychotherapy - POSTPONED to 2021 new date to follow

Een masterclass over ‘therapeutic presence’, meer bepaald: Cultivating therapeutic presence: boosting your foundation for a strong alliance and effective therapy.

Shari Geller, een leerling van Les Greenberg, heeft de afgelopen 20 jaar een methode ontwikkeld om deze therapeutische ‘presence’ te ontwikkelen en te consolideren bij therapeuten. Zij gebruikt hiervoor inzichten vanuit de cliëntgerichte en emotion-focused therapie en combineert deze met inzichten vanuit dialectische gedragstherapie en bovenal mindfullness en meditatie. Meer bepaald ontwikkelde ze ook non-verbale methodieken om hieraan bij te dragen, zoals haar ‘Therapeutic Rhytm and Mindfulness Program’, een combinatie van meditatie en drummen (!).

De workshop gaat door in het Engels en hieronder vind je alle verdere informatie.

Therapeutic presence (TP) is the foundation for positive therapeutic relationships and effective therapy. Twenty years of research on the art and science of TP has led to a model that provides the groundwork for accessing presence in the moment. TP involves therapists bringing their whole self in the encounter with another by being completely in the moment on multiple levels—physically, emotionally, cognitively, relationally, and spiritually. It is trans-theoretical, as being present optimizes the impact of therapeutic interventions across different therapy approaches.

To be most helpful, therapists need to simultaneously be grounded and present in the moment while attuning to clients’ moment-to-moment experience. This activates a neurophysiological experience of safety, supporting clients to engage in optimal and effective therapeutic work. Further it serves to help therapists to remain centered in the face of difficult emotions while offering a therapeutic intervention that is precisely timed to the readiness of their clients. This type of relationship provides a powerful buffer to clients’ distress through the co-regulation of affect. The skillful cultivation of presence also helps therapists to sustain a level of vitality, connection, and effectiveness and supports movement towards emotional health and neurophysiological integration for both clients and therapists.

In this training we will explore an empirically validated model of TP as a map to build and strengthen the skills of presence with clients. We will also explore the neurophysiological principles to creating safety with therapeutic presence, based on concepts such as co-regulation and neuroception of safety stemming from the polyvagal theory (Geller & Porges, 2014). Evidenced based practices from Dr. Geller’s book, ‘A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence’, such as mindfulness, musical rhythm, imagery and experiential/creative practices will be incorporated. This workshop will also include a deeper dive into the skills of attuning in the moment to the nuances of clients’ experience, through various sensory modalities, to enhance effective therapy. Video tapes and role plays will be incorporated. We will also discuss challenges to TP and how to stay open and engaged when working with challenging clients. There will be a number of take home practice for cultivating presence for your clients, your students, trainees, and for yourself.

In this training you will learn:

  • An empirically validated model of therapeutic presence
  • The neurophysiological benefits of therapeutic presence
  • How therapeutic presence promotes effective therapy
  • How to strengthen your presence in and out of session
  • Practices and skills for attuning in the moment with clients
  • Take home practices for clients, students, trainees and for yourself


Docent: Shari Geller

Datum: POSTPONED to 2021 - new date to follow 

Locatie: Kloosterhotel Zin, Vught

Kosten€275,00  (inclusief lunch, koffie, thee en water)



Retraite with Shari Geller in Gent (Belgium)

Cultivating Presence and Self-Compassion Retreat for Therapists

Additional to above masterclass, together with Focus on Emotion (EFT institute Belgium) above masterclass and a retraite will be organised in Gent Belgium, from 6 - 8 November 2020.

An essential part of being an effective and compassionate therapist includes the ability to be present, to care of ourselves and to cultivate self-compassion and positive well-being. Being present and compassionate in our own lives and relationships also allows for greater energy to sustain our therapeutic presence with clients and patients.
This three-day retreat will focus on cultivating the foundation of therapeutic presence and compassion with others, providing an opportunity for self-care, restoration and connection in abeautiful nature setting. In community with other therapists we will deepen our ability to be present and compassionate through mindfulness and self-compassion practices. These practices will focus on cultivating greater attunement and connection with ourselves, others and with nature.
With the cultivation of presence and self-compassion, we can develop greater trust in our ability to move through work and life challenges with greater ease, while feeling energized, calm, and centered. This can help us to return to our work and care of others, with greater attention, energy, purpose, while balancing care for ourselves.
No prior experience with mindfulness or self-compassion is required.

More information about costs and registering will follow shortly.


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