Breathe Life Into It: The Use of Breath in Bioenergetic Analysis

event date September 23, 2023
event location 160 West 73 St, #7J
New York, NY, 10023
event price $110 for members, $160.00 for non-members

The exhortation: ‘Take a breath’ is used often in many contexts. In various modalities of therapeutic work it is part of a program. In psychotherapeutic work that is psychodynamic and open-ended, it is part of a philosophy.

In bioenergetic analysis, the philosophy is that breath brings energy, contact, awareness, and the possibility of enlivenment to one’s somatopsychic being. In the practice associated with this theory,  practitioners know how difficult opening, expanding, deepening breathing can be, commensurate with how difficult that work is on any other dimension. Breathing, the recruitment of energy and consciousness to join with experience is central to the work of bioenergetic therapists.

This workshop will take up breath and breathing as the complex functions they are and view them in a psychotherapeutic process and context. The presentations and experiential learning opportunities will focus on the characterological inhibitions and limitations of breath. The different configurations of these structures will be associated with relevant developmental, interpersonal, and intrapsychic dynamics. Participants will learn to recognize the patterns of restriction, limitation, chronic alterations of breathing, and begin to examine how to intervene in that dimension of psychotherapeutic work. Issues of therapeutic relationship, transference and countertransference phenomena appearing when breath is worked with will also be discussed and studied.

This workshop is designed for professional psychotherapists working with or interested in working with somatic processes in a psychodynamic psychotherapy. The workshop provides a foundational introduction for psychotherapists interested in the New York Society Training Program leading to certification as a bioenergetic therapist.  

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