Embodiment, Relational Space & Working with Trauma to the Sense of Self ~ 30/31 May 2018

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Embodiment, Relational Space and Working with Trauma to the Sense of Self

An embodied and theoretical exploration of our relational selves, narcissistic wounding, and the burdening of the therapist.

A two day workshop led by Tim Sheard, CAT Psychotherapist

Hashtag: #CATerst18

Booking options available soon

Date:       Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May 2018
Time:      09:30am to 4:30pm
Venue:    Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Manchester M14 6NN
Fees:       ACAT member :: £230.00
Non-ACAT member :: £250.00

Overview of workshop:

This workshop focuses on how engaging with our own embodiment as therapists may enhance our relational capacities and help free up stuck and overwhelming processes when working with clients who have experienced significant developmental trauma.  At the same time this may make us more aware of the significant stress and burden we can so easily take on in this work.  We will explore how such stress may be understood to be an unrecognised form of collusive reciprocation.  Last, but not least, it will provide an opportunity to learn and practise skills potentially to reduce this burdening.

A particular focus will be the narcissistic pole of developmental trauma, and associated unmanageable experiences of shame, self disgust, emptiness, and contact with a sense of self being experienced as traumatic or annihilating.  This is in contrast to a focus on abuse, abandonment and rescue, which are perhaps more usually a target for work in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).

Aims and learning outcomes:

Over the two days of this workshop, there will be opportunity to:

  • Learn ways to engage with your own embodiment as a therapist.
  • Discover how embodiment can enhance your relational capacities, open relational space and free up stuck or overwhelming process when working with complex developmental trauma.
  • Gain an embodied sense of how this burdening can be understood as a damaging form of collusive reciprocation, often unrecognised as it is hidden in bodily burdening of the therapist.  In other therapeutic frames this may be understood as dysregulation or vicarious traumatising of the therapist.
  • Develop embodied insight into ways you may be taking burdens from your clients and carrying them inside your body.  This may result in stress, tiredness, exhaustion,  burnout and vicarious traumatisation.
  • Learn and practise how to reduce therapist burdening using embodiment skills.
  • Explore in particular the relational challenges of working with narcissistic wounding and how embodiment can support the therapist to creatively interrupt narcissistic procedures.
  • Begin to explore how the therapeutic relationship takes place in an embodied relational field, not simply between two reflective “minds”, and how embodiment skills may render it more tangible.  This may help clarify the kind of relational presence we offer as therapists while supporting the development of healthy self-to-self reciprocal roles to resource us in the therapy room.
  • Touch on our crucial but perhaps intangible experience of a sense of self, that of some sense of separate identity while in relationship with others.  This may open up new perspectives on therapeutic and relational space, containment, and how relationship may be mediated through embodied presence.

Who is it for?

The day is aimed at trainee and qualified CAT practitioners and psychotherapists.  It will also be relevant and accessible to other therapists who are familiar with CAT (particularly with the concept of reciprocal roles) and use relational understanding in their work with people with complex developmental trauma.

There will be limited spaces for this event, so early booking is recommended if you are interested in attending.


Tim Sheard qualified as a UKCP-registered CAT psychotherapist in 1997, has a background in medicine, and has trained in body psychotherapy, transpersonal and constellations work.  Nowadays his teaching in the UK and Finland focuses on embodiment as a creative resource in mediating the therapeutic relationship and therapist self care.  This is described in his article in the Summer 2017 issue of Reformulation.

Booking Information:
We normally confirm bookings within 24 hours.
Online booking.  A receipt can be provided from the administrator upon request.

If invoicing is requested please note an additional charge of £15 will apply. Please contact the administrator to inform us that you intend to book.

Chancellors Hotel, Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Manchester M14 6NN – full details at this link.

Please note this is a non-residential two day event and delegates will need to book their own accomodation if required.  For details on accommodation in Manchester (including the event venue) we have included a useful download below.


  • ACAT Member :: £230.00
  • Non ACAT Member :: £250.00

Before proceeding to pay for Embodiment, Relational Space & Trauma please ensure you understand and accept Catalyse’s terms and conditions available at this link.

Online Booking:
Booking options will be available shortly.

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