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Bioenergetic Basics: Introducing the basic concepts and techniques of Bioenergetic Therapy

Dates: October 2021 - March 2022
Times: 9 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
Location: Zoom
Fee: Fee is $425 for the 6 sessions if paid prior to Oct. 17. Fee is $450 after Oct 17.
Cancellations prior to Oct 17 refunded with $50 administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations after Oct. 17
CEs: 18 CEs approved for Social Workers, fee of $30

Bioenergetic Therapy is a highly effective therapeutic approach that combines work with the body and mind in the context of a therapeutic relationship to help people change at a deep level. Bioenergetic theory and techniques will be taught through lecture, demonstration and experiential exercises.

“New brain research on the impact of trauma validates the importance of somatic processes to resolve deep wounds. Bioenergetic has tools that can be effective with even the most difficult traumas.”

Oct 23, Sat  9:00 – 12:15 EDT
Session 1:  Grounding Theory & Exercises: Bioenergetic “Home Base”

Led by Leslie Ann Costello, PhD, CBT (Certified Bioenergetic Therapist), trainer, & author of Somatic Tools for Perinatal Therapists & Carol Melnick, MSW, CBTt & EMDR specialist

Historically Bioenergetics was the first psychotherapy school with a foundational emphasis on physical grounding as a prerequisite for healing and trauma recovery. Traditional bioenergetic grounding has evolved along with new understandings of attachment theory and developmental and shock trauma. Learn the physical and relational Grounding skills that keep you safe and anchored and living a vital embodied life.

Nov 13, Sat  9:00 – 12:15 EDT
Session 2: “Free the Chi(Qi)!”
Led by David Jordan, LCPC, CCSM, Zen teacher & CBT & Carol Melnick, MSW, CBT & EMDR specialist

Bioenergetics works to free up the breathing and musculature for increased aliveness and health. Tight muscles decrease awareness and feeling. Freeing up those tensions increases self-awareness and the movement of energy/emotion in the body, allowing the person to breathe free. This can be life changing.

Dec 11, Sat  9:00 – 12:15 EDT
Session 3: Working with Boundaries Physically: Setting Limits & Reaching Out

Led by Adela Gorodzinsky, M.Ed, CBT and practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique & Carol Melnick, MSW, CBT & EMDR specialist

We are born to be ourselves and, at the same time, be socialized with other humans, animals and our environment.  However, many times we would like to say “No” to someone’s request, order, or implication, but fear being rejected or disliked.  We long to belong to ‘X’,’ Y’ or ‘Z’, but do not ask for what we want. This workshop will aim at defining boundaries, offering an opportunity to exercise them, and glimpsing what honoring our own ‘True Self ‘feels like in our bodies.

Jan 15, Sat  9:00 – 12:15 EDT
Session 4: The Motion of Emotions

Led by Ann Coleman, MSW, CBT & Carol Melnick, CBT & EMDR specialist

For many of us emotions are unpleasant and feared so we suppress them.  Emotions can get stuck and manifest into states such as anxiety, frustration and depression.  In Bioenergetics we see emotion as the energetic sign post directing us to a deeper knowing of ourselves.  We understand that resistance to feeling emotion increases suffering. In this workshop we will explore how to move the energy and experience the benevolence of fluid emotions, increase our emotional repertoire, and ground our knowing of what emotions truly are.  

Feb 12, Sat  9:00 – 12:15 EDT
Session 5: A Body/Mind Journey From Depression & Anxiety to Vitality

Led by Laurie Ure, LICSW, CBT, trainer, author of What’s the Use?: A Body/Mind Journey from the Despair of Depression to Living with Vitality & Carol Melnick, CBT & EMDR specialist

Bioenergetic therapy offers an integrated body/mind/spirit/emotional/relational approach to mental health issues including anxiety and depression. The workshop will describe bioenergetic techniques and methods, along with providing an overview of the bioenergetic perspective on underlying factors contributing to chronic depression and anxiety. In the workshop will explore vitality as an aim of therapy.

March 19, Sat  9:00 – 12:15 EDT
Session 6: Character Structure – Reading Developmental Trauma in the Body

Led by Susan Kanor, MA, CBT, IIBA International Trainer, Stephanie Shelley, LICSW, CBT & attachment specialist, & Carol Melnick, CBT& EMDR specialist

Our bodies and behavior reflect our early experiences in a similar manner that a cross section of a tree reflects its age and a lot more.  There are over all ways of looking and being that we have from the best and the worst of what we experienced as children.  In bioenergetics we call this Character.  We will learn about this in an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. 

Bioenergetic Basics is for:

  • psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who want to add somatic psychotherapy work to their practice
  • practitioners of other disciplines who want to learn about the Bioenergetic approach to psychotherapy
  • individual who want to learn about Bioenergetic Therapy for personal growth

Participants will learn effective body based techniques for treating symptoms of:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • trauma and PTSD
  • general unhappiness with life
  • relationship challenges


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