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Body-Oriented Psychotherapy Study Group 

with Deb Grant, LCSW, RSMT*

Integrate and deepen your body/somatic orientation in your practice as a psychotherapist or other helping professional.

The next study group will begin in January 2018 and run January through June 2018.  The current study group continues through November 2017.  

DATES/TIME:  Second Friday per month :

January 2018 - June 2018

10:15a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Six sessions:   January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8 

LOCATION: Maine Center for Taijiquan and Qigong, 500 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine.

This group of up to ten participants will study somatic principles of embodiment and movement as they relate to helping our clients in a psychotherapeutic context.  Rather than to the couch, we will bring our studies “to the floor” (and to the body), to explore ways of bringing somatic and body-oriented approaches to our work as therapists.

If you are a helping professional (but not a psychotherapist) and are interested in this group please contact me so that we can determine if the material will be a good fit. Massage therapists, bodyworkers, nurse practitioners and occupational therapists have participated in the study group in the past and found the material useful for their practice and professional development.

Topics will include:

  • Establishing comfort and safety through our primary relationship to the ground and gravity
  • The establishment of midline, the front body, back body, and middle body and other natural divisions of the body that impact psychophysical experience
  • Embodiment of the organs and how this affects our experience of self
  • Hands-Feet-Mouth-Tail and the navel center and its relevance to somatic processing of emotions and physical pain
  • Embodiment of the skeletal system for support and grounding through the body
  • Proprioception/interoception/vestibular systems as part of our kinesthetic sensory system, and how these systems impact our sense of safety and orientation
  • Concepts such as mobile stability and stable mobility; high/low tone; the relationships between support and movement; the impact of developmental movement patterns on psychological development. 

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*Registered Somatic Movement Therapist

If you are interested in this group but would need to meet on a different day of the month or at a different time please let me know as I will likely offer future courses.

COST:   $70 per session for 6 sessions, for a total of $420.  Deposit of $150 due December 15, 2017, with the remainder due at the first session (January 12).  Register by December 1 (including your deposit)for an earlybird discount of $40!  If you need a payment plan please contact me.

TO REGISTER, please click the button below.

Questions? Call Deb at (207)772-7832 or email:


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Participants must have basic knowledge of trauma-informed work which is essential for providing safe body based interventions and approaches.

I will offer body based approaches to therapy for integration with the work you already do, and will provide a body-based/developmental lens for understanding client (or therapist) issues.  This group does not serve as a training program for providing somatic/body-based therapy, although it can support your development in this direction.  

This consultation group brings a specialty lens of somatic/body-based approaches to your clinical practice and is complementary to (rather than a replacement for) general consultation or supervision.