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  • 10 Jul 2019
  • (UTC-04:00)
  • 11 Jul 2019
  • (UTC-04:00)
  • London


10-11th JULY 2019
THE bps building, 30 tabernacle street, LONDON EC2A 4UE

This workshop presents the theory and experiential approach to integrating body-focused techniques to enhance schema therapy practice in a time-limited manner. These strategies are particularly useful for clients who present with complex needs and have histories of severe childhood neglect or trauma, and who have difficulties engaging with traditional schema therapy techniques.

This interactive workshop is designed for schema therapists and those who have an interest in schema therapy ideas (such as CBT therapists and those from other training backgrounds) who wish to expand their repertoire by incorporating simple but powerful somatically-focused interventions.

Topics covered at the workshop:

  • Understanding the role of the body in trauma – the neurobiology underpinning complex trauma and fragmentation of self
  • Barriers to working with the body both for the client and the therapist
  • Tracking the body to identify triggers and modes
  • Healing the child modes with body-oriented affect regulation resources
  • Enhancing imagery techniques with somatic focus
  • Strategies for working with anger
  • Somatic interventions for boundary setting and development of a sense of self
  • Helping clients develop an embodied healthy adult mode


Janis Briedis
is a Counselling Psychologist, Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer working in private practice in London and having worked in a complex case service in the NHS for over a decade. He has completed a two-year programme in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and is also a trained CBT, EMDR and compassion-focussed therapist working with complex cases. Janis has taught Schema Therapy, CBT, trauma-focussed approaches and mindfulness in the NHS as well as in the academic setting, and is a visiting lecturer at a number of universities in the UK.

Dr Helen Startup is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  She oversees personality disorder research for the trust and is a founder and co-director of the Sussex Parenting Clinic which is a recently commissioned service set up to support the parenting needs of adults who are seeking help for their own mental health difficulties.  Helen is an accredited CBT therapist and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer, and is passionate about improving outcomes for those with complex mental health needs. 

To find out more or to book:
or call Janis Briedis on +44(0)7734931562

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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