Instincts, Emotions and Feelings

Skill training for coping with emotional stress

3 day intensive workshop (open to all) in Vancouver with

Merete Holm Brantbjerg

If your daily work brings you into contact with people, you will definitely know the challenge of coping with emotions that are brought into, or emerge within the situation  - anger, sadness, fear, sexuality, surprise, shame, disgust and joy.

Our norm system regarding which emotions are okay and which are forbidden will impact our ability to cope with these emotions when they emerge, so how do we

· handle our own joy, sadness or anger when we are with people who are having a hard time?

 · handle emotions we personally find challenging?

· stay in contact with the life energy represented in these emotions?

In this expertly designed workshop you will learn to better cope with emotions through training in both cognitive and body skills.

The body holds a capacity to contain the energy of emotional arousal – be it both powerful and subtle.Muscles provide a concrete container for emotional energy. Containment of your own emotions provides a basis for meeting other people’s emotions while maintaining and deepening contact.

What are emotions?

In this workshop, both a theoretical and practical differentiation between three levels of intensity in emotional response is provided: Instinctual reactions, basic emotions and thought-feelings.

Instincts are emotional reactions released when we are facing life/death situations.

Basic Emotions serve to regulate our interactions with the “pack”.Both instincts and emotions are seen as valuable biologically based resources that make it possible for us to respond appropriately to different interactions within ourselves and external life situations.

Thought-feelings hold a mix of basic emotional energy and thought patterns. In daily life this mix is typically communicated as “feelings”. Consider which basic emotions lie behind your words when you, for example, say that you are “tired”, “stressed”, or that you are feeling “okay”.

This differentiation between instincts, emotions and feelings is useful when trying to make sense of, and cope with, your own and others’ emotional responses - and to allow them to be part of your inner sense of direction instead of controlling them or being overwhelmed by them.

As these three types of emotional response benefit from different kinds of contact and verbal language a variety of skills will be trained to increase your capacity to cope with them and to trust the life energy embedded in them.

The primary focus in this workshop is on the basic emotions. Experience has shown that the more skilled we are in coping with the basic emotions the easier it becomes to cope with highly intensive instinctual responses and to differentiate between thought patterns and emotions.

The workshop is primarily experiential with theoretical input, so please dress to allow movement and comfort.

Dates: March

Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm daily

Cost: $ if postmarked on or before xxx - $ following xxx

Location: Vancouver School of Theology, 6000 Iona Drive, UBC campus. Room 309.
Parking in the North Parkade. Please visit VST and UBC web pages for maps.
Light refreshments will be available and we would appreciate it if you’d bring your own mug. Please take care of yourself if you have sensitivities/allergies or require filtered water.

Please read carefully: Your place is reserved with,
1. full pre-payment (sorry – no post dated cheques) and a completed registration form. The registration form can be downloaded below.
2. your cheque made payable to Merete Holm Brantbjerg and mailed to Barbara Picton c/o 671F Market Hill, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4B5
3. receiving your receipt via e-mail as confirmation of your registration.

PLEASE NOTE: double check the address you have written to make sure it is correct. If you have not received your receipt within 2 weeks of mailing your cheque, please follow-up with Barbara.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
A cancellation received in writing (letter or e-mail) postmarked by xxx will qualify for a refund minus $25 administration fee. No refunds for cancellations from February xxx.

For further information: 604.838.6048

Merete Holm Brantbjerg co-created Bodynamic Analysis (1985), a body-psychotherapeutic system developed in Denmark. She now specializes in Resource Oriented Skill Training (ROST) as a psychotherapeutic method – applying it to both developmental and shock trauma.
Merete currently leads body psychotherapy trainings and workshops in Scandinavia and North America and maintains a private practice for therapy and supervision in Copenhagen.
The name "Moaiku" - derived from "Motoric Haiku" - captures the poetic quality in a method of psychotherapeutic skill training that is focused on simplicity, repetition, precise individual dosing, and 'here and now' presence.

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