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Surrender to Flow: Exploring trance and body

posted 8 Mar 2011, 00:07 by Debbie Cotton
With Dr. Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, PhD 
Hamburg, June 17th-19th 2011

Like touch, the therapeutic use of hypnosis in psychotherapy was brought to the acceptable medical and therapeutic arena by Freud. Like touch, trancework was later abandoned by Freud and consequently marginalized and ostracized from mainstream psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic practice.  

It is not a coincidence that both body-psychotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy suffered from this split so similarly: both involve highly influential, closer to the unconscious, tools, which challenge the psychotherapist to be ever more present to the relationship, and to their own counter-transference, if they wish to work relationally.   

Together we will discover how trance can be a relational process of opening to a shared field of resonance – a process that readily occurs in affective-psychotherapies, particularly those involving body and touch. Learning to recognize hypnotic fields, to join our clients there and work with these processes can be transformative in the psychotherapeutic practice, and a natural complementary set of tools for the body-psychotherapist.  During these two-and-a-half days we will learn how to recognize naturally occurring trances, and how to integrate these within our psychotherapeutic practice in an integrative, ethical and non-technical manner. This would be a highly experiential workshop, with ample opportunities to learn by doing. We will look at:

• Learning to open into, develop and work with ‘relational trances’ 
• Integrate hypnotic work with body-psychotherapy around regressive states 
• Recognize and utilize spontaneous trance  

 Friday 17th June 2011 
15:00 - 18:00 (Dinner) 19.00 - 21.00 
 Saturday 18th
 09:00 - 12:00  (Lunch)  14.00 - 16.00  (Coffee) 16.30 – 18.30 
 Friday 19th
 09:00-12:00  (Lunch)  14.00 - 16.00 (Coffee) 
Where:  House / office of the bodypsychotherapists (EABP) 
  Theresia Mestmäcker and Dr. Cäsar Schwieger 
  Inselstraße 8 (At the river Alster) 
  22297 Hamburg 
  Tel. 0049-40-4601182 

How much: € 460,00 (all meals incl.) 

For details about the content of the workshop please email Asaf –  
For other questions please contact Theresia - 
Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, PhD is a relational psychotherapist, writer and teacher. Asaf integrates body-psychotherapy and trancework in 
his work and teaches in clinical and academic settings in Israel and Europe