Events »»» HeartTouch for Clinicians with Lived Experience of Breakdown & Trauma: October 26th 2024 9.30-16.30, London

HeartTouch - The Wounded Clinician

Embodied Mindfulness & Compassionate Touch Training for Clinicians with Lived Experience of Breakdown & Trauma.

Join us for an immersive workshop led by Anthony Fidler with support from James Scurry, a Core Process Psychotherapist, focused on the principles of embodiment and co-regulation within the therapy process.

This training will serve both as a vehicle for personal recovery and resilience enhancement and an exploration of embodied tools for working with trauma and mental health alongside talk-based therapy.

Anthony teaching HeartTouch in London March 2023

In this training, participants will:

  • 1. Explore how establishing trust and aiding clients in addressing inner difficulties can be enriched through therapist embodiment.
  • 2. Learn how to integrate therapeutic work with embodied mindfulness practices.
  • 3. Develop skills to deepen therapeutic connections without the necessity of physical touch, particularly for therapists specialized in talk therapies.
  • 4. Explore how personal lived experience of trauma and recovery can be skilfully recruited to support clients / patients on their own recovery journeys.
  • 5. Learn how to incorporate compassionate touch to deepen therapeutic work with clients / patients who otherwise may be difficult to work with successfully.
  • 6. Take a first step on the journey into trauma-sensitive bodywork, laying the groundwork for profound therapeutic experiences.

As part of the training there will be a complimentary e-learning course containing suggested practices supported by video lessons to work with daily for the week before and after the workshop.

I will issue either a HeartTouch Certificate of Attendance or a HeartTouch Basic Level Certificate of Completion on submission of practice notes & two HeartTouch case feedbacks.

Testimonials from experienced professionals attest to the transformative potential of this approach:

  • - A Jungian psychotherapist hailed it as the "foundation of therapeutic work."
  • - An essential workshop to broaden experience and perspectives on health, with focussed attention on the body in a safe and accepting environment. (Psychotherapist & ex-Psychiatrist)
  • - Thank you for rich and inspiring workshop and for the follow-up. I feel well equipped to start introducing elements of HeartTouch into my psychotherapy practice. A good result!

Join us for this enriching workshop and embark on a journey toward enhanced personal resilience, therapeutic practice and client care.

Anthony teaching HeartTouch in London September 2022

Embodied Mindfulness:

Embodied Mindfulness is a way of being in which you are fully connected with your body and you feel safe.

Your mind is quiet and present to your experience of life happening that moment and your heart feels warm and open to yourself and to those around you.

This is a state of well-being and good feeling.

We will explore together how mindfulness & touch based connection practices can help us to move closer towards this state of well-being .

We are not looking for 'cures' or 'fixes'. Whatever our 'role' we are learning to be with ourselves and to be ourselves. Just as important we are learning to be fully present with others.

Along the way we will enhance our capacity to hold safe space for others.
And this will touch everything we do in life from then on...

About Anthony:

Anthony Fidler

I had my own journey first with anxiety, panic attacks and mild depression while in my final year at Cambridge University in 1991.

This continued during my work as a financial auditor, where I experienced chronic stress and then as a software programmer where I went into a meltdown of physical and mental fatigue. A serious breakdown / burnout.

Despite massive efforts to heal myself, this journey continued in 2001, with me entering non-ordinary states, we can say spiritual psychosis perhaps.

After an 8 month period in the psychiatric system, I came off anti-psychotic medications and took personal responsibility for my own well-being. This journey continued for the next 8 years with me going in an out of challenging non-ordinary states until I stabilised in 2010.

Over time I've become a qualified Mindfulness teacher, Tai Chi & Qi Gong teacher and have been teaching since 2015. I am also an experienced student of the late Akinobu Kishi , the founder of Sei Ki and teach his amazing touch therapy in my own way. I've spent twenty-five years exploring these fields with total dedication.

I found my own ways to recover and live a full life and now share what I learnt with others experiencing extreme states, trauma, broken nervous systems or simply chronic stress situations and misery.

Click here for more on Anthony's background and experience

James Scurry

About James:

Hi, I'm James Scurry

I'm a Mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapists [UKCP] and the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists [ACPP].

For more information please visit: James' website




Pricing & Details:

The event is being hosted by Anthony Fidler with support from James Scurry, a Core Process Psychotherapist.

Venue: Kagyu Samye Dzong, 15 Spa Rd, London SE16 3SA - visit Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Date & Time: October 26th 2024 9.30am-4.30pm

This workshop is for clinicians from any background, but especially psychiatric with lived experience of trauma or breakdown.

People with other backgrounds i.e. psychotherapists with lived experience are also welcome.

Training Timetable

Sat 19/10 Day 1: Training Begins with the Course Opening Video
Sun 20/10 - Fri 25/10 Day 2-7: Suggested daily practice of about 1 hour
Sat 26/10 Day 8: 9.30am-4.30pm In-Person Workshop
Sun 27/10 - Sat 2/10 Day 9-15: Suggested daily practice of about 1 hour
Sun 3/11 Day 16: Training Ends with Course Closing Video

Workshop size: Places are limited to 14 so please book early to be confident of attending.

Workshop Fee: ยฃ130 (ยฃ115 pre September 26th) / ยฃ80 Concessions (*Early bird pre September 26th)

Cancellation / Refunds: Non-Refundable unless a replacement is found by the participant or we have a waiting list.

So please get in touch if you would like to attend: Contact EasternPeace

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