Barbara Wesolowska

Barbara Wesolowska - Based on Body. Based on Trust.

– Dance Movement Psychotherapy workshops.
‘Returning to the body it is a returning to the wildish nature’
/Pinkola Estes/
Saturday 6th October 2018

The body holds the memory and history of our life, as it is always witnessing our live events. By learning how to befriend your own body, you can learn how to trust and rely on it. This knowledge may support you in many ways, such as developing self-care, attuning with your inner self and enhancing relationships with others. 

The human body is a complex instrument, which can be a source of wisdom and guidance. Very often the body is perceived as an obstacle, which does not follow the instructions of its owner. However, allowing yourself to treat the body as a source of knowledge, you may dramatically change your approach towards it. Therefore, this requires openness and willingness to listen to what the body wants to say.

At the workshop you will have an opportunity to discover various movement qualities, which will allow you to find your preferred movement style. This experiential work leads to an understanding of how the body resonates and responds  while in a relationship with yourself and others. This learning process may be a great beginning to start your own journey with body work and support your personal and professional development.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP)is based on the value that bodily knowledge is core to therapeutic change within an interactive relationship. It respects the uniqueness and creative capacity of each individual (DMP Association UK). The aim of DMP is not dance by itself, but the attempt to unravel the feelings and emotions which cannot be verbalised.

No dancing skills are required for the workshop. However, the willingness to move and explore are essential. Please wear comfortable clothes, which do not restrict movement.

Please bring: non-slip socks, yoga mat and a blanket.

Barbara Wesolowska :  works in Feniks. Counselling, Personal Development and Supported Services Ltd and in Crossreach, Simpson House. She graduated as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist from Queen Margaret University’s School of Health Science in 2013. In her practice she focuses on feelings and emotions and how they are closely related to body responses. Consequently, this has an impact on the way people move and feel in their bodies. Her therapeutic work is based on the client and therapist’s own body responses in relation to verbalised feelings and emotions.

Date: Saturday 6th October 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue:  Wallace House
3 Boswell Road
Edinburgh EH5 3RJ
Cost: Early bird £65 if paid by 6th September, thereafter £75

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Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Charlie Heriot-Maitland - "Developing a Compassionate Mind in Community and Mental Health Work"

Those of us working in mental health services know, as well as anyone, that life can be tough. Most of us face periods in our personal lives when we feel overwhelmed by work, relationships, sickness, or we experience losing someone close. As mental health workers, we also spend most of our working lives as the constant witnesses of other people’s suffering. And, as if these experiences aren’t difficult enough, we also all have a tricky brain to contend with: a brain and mind that, through poor evolutionary design (and evolutionary trade-offs), tends to keep us stuck in problematic loops of worry, rumination or self-criticism, which adds another whole layer of suffering on top.

Often it is hard to find the time to pause and reflect on ourselves, on our own problematic loops, and on what bearing this is having on our ability to help others. We plough on. And even if we are able to reflect, we don’t always know the best way to nurture ourselves towards more sustainable, fulfilling, and compassionate practice.

The emerging science and practice of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; 2010), with its roots in evolutionary psychology, attachment theory, and neuroscience, offers a useful framework for approaching these basic psychological challenges at each of the personal, professional, organisational, and community levels.

In this workshop, we will start with an understanding of what we all share (colleagues / clients / humanity) and therefore of what we are all up against. The reality is that we just find ourselves here, in the flow of life, with a ‘tricky’ brain, and we’re doing the best we can to deal with this suffering. A lot of what happens in our minds is not our fault, but it is still up to us what we want to do about it. In the workshop, we will explore how our evolved minds can be orientated in certain ways depending on our social motives, and we will also consider the research that shows how orientating our minds towards compassion for self and others can bring a variety of positive mental and physical and health benefits.

We will then learn some techniques and practices to help us cultivate compassion in our personal and professional lives. The workshop will consider ways in which we can develop compassion for ourselves, facilitate our clients' development of compassion, and can also help to create social contexts in which compassion may flourish. A combination of group discussion exercises, pair work, and experiential practice will be used.

This workshop will ne led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland a clinical psychologist, researcher, and trainer (University of Glasgow and Balanced Minds). He is currently researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He provides psychological therapies for a CFT practice called Balanced Minds in Edinburgh ( and also runs compassion training workshops for practitioners and the general public.

Date : Saturday 24th November  2018
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Venue:  Wallace House
3 Boswall Road
Edinburgh EH5 3RJ
Cost: Early bird £65 if paid by 20th October, thereafter £75

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