The Absorbent Self

Tony Buckley 

Saturday 6th April 2019 10:00 – 16:00

Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED

Workshop cost: £120 + booking fee / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ LIMITED early-bird discount of 15% available until available until 6th January 2019 or until sold out.

The Workshop

Help my empathy is killing me!

A training experience offering participants practical insight and knowledge into the negative side of empathy which leaves practitioners vulnerable to absorbing too much of the client’s energy/story and experience thereby dissolving some edges of the interpersonal boundaries between self and other.

Emotional contagion leads to the potential for overwhelm, vicarious and secondary traumatic stress. This can also contribute to relational difficulty and conflict with clients through re-enactments. Participants are invited to explore the somatic indicators and early warning signs of overwhelm and compassion fatigue. This workshop explores aspects of self-care which entails developing some important strategies for optimising health and wellbeing to prevent burnout and maintain optimal relational fitness for role.

Other topics of focus will include somatic transference and countertransference. Enhancing therapist self-care is examined through laughter, play, self, compassion, support, quality rest and body wisdom through somatic awareness. There will be emphasis on making best use of clinical Supervision to support self-care.


The trainer

Tony Buckley has extensive experience in the field of trauma including as the Manager of the Counselling and Trauma Service within the Occupational Health Department at Transport for London.

Tony's previous, 20-year therapy career experience included supervision, private practice, and counselling management in both a university setting and an adolescent voluntary sector setting.

Originally Gestalt trained, Tony is also a qualified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and is on the teaching faculty of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute USA. Tony has been teaching internationally for 10 years and is a consultant for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Tony is a workshop facilitator to UK industry on topics including, Stress, Workplace trauma, Resilience, Mindfulness and Wellbeing. Tony has a particular interest in somatic psychology and has co-written a chapter titled "Healing the Traumatized Organization" in the 2012 Wiley-Blackwell book called International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support.


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