Mo(ve)ment to Mo(ve)ment:
An Experiential Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy™

Taught by: Billy Desmond ( MSc & Dip.  Gestalt Psychotherapy, Cert Supervision, MBA. UKCP & ECPregistered )


Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th September 2017

10.00am - 5.00pm


Why avail of this opportunity for you?

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy™ offers a dialogical and a radical phenomenological way of noticing and exploring early movement patterns that first emerge in the first few years of life that shape the way we live in the world as adults. These fundamental movement patterns have psychological functions, which are ‘animating’ kinesthetically in unique ways in the co-created therapeutic situation. This workshop will offer you an opportunity to explore and develop a greater awareness of the kinesthetic bodily responses in your life and therapeutic practice as you are invited to experience some of the fundamental movement patterns. You will leave with a conceptual frame of the six fundamental movement patterns and their psychological functioning as they co-emerge in the therapeutic situation. This will provide you with an alternative perspective of embodied relational practice as informed by Gestalt Therapy theory in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy™. You will have a foundation that will support your work within the pre-reflective and implicit relational domains of your co-created therapeutic relationships, where therapeutic change occurs.

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This Mo(ve)ment to Mo(ve)ment orientation to psychotherapy practice is a radical phenomenological approach

From the earliest experience of being born into the world our encounters with others are first and foremost a bodily experience. Early in our lives, before our capacity for symbolic thought and words is available, early movement patters are the foundations of unconscious principles and become the supporting structure for adult psychological functioning that organise experience in the here-and-now of the co-created therapeutic relationship. It is through our moving bodies, mo(ve)ment to mo(ve)ment within the carer-infant dyad that human beings achieve a sense of how I am becoming who I am. Movement is our first ‘language’ and our primary way of interacting with others to get a sense of me through you and with you.  The relational dance ofI see you see me, I sense you sense me, I feel you feel me begins and continues throughout our lives.


 As Merleau Ponty (1945/2002, p.474) reminds us
'Inside and outside are inseparable. The world is wholly inside and I am wholly outside myself’

In our psychotherapy work with clients we have a “response-ability” to include their lived bodily experiences as an aspect of the kiesthetic, tactile, kinetic embodied relational dance we co-create together.  To support healing and growth, client and therapist together, need to become aware of how we are ‘contacting’ within this therapeutic situation as part of the intersubjective embodied relational and social field. To facilitate this many ofus attend to our sensations, feelings, thoughts and imaginings within the therapeuticrelationship. However, at times perhaps we have a tendency to make-meaning and label or categorise the co-created experience too quickly or we do not consider this as emergent of this relationship. Thus, potentially diminishing the vitality of our personto person encounter that may support moments of new awareness, growth and healing for clients. Sometimes we work withbody process, but we may feel that we seem to lack the necessary support to phenomenological notice, track, describe and co-inquire intothe “mo(ve)ment to mo(ve)ment” that emerges between client and therapist. Our whole body may feel confused in a surrendering to the moments of being touched and moved in response to the emerging embodied self of our clients in relation to us. How is it so? What is the kinesthetic experience when we find it challenging to dwell with another in the fullness of our whole bodily experience? How can we more somatically attuned“mo(ve)ment to mo(ve)ment” in the here-and-now to support clients growth. These questions and others are background to the design of this experiential workshop.

Please wear comfortable and loose clothing. You may want to bring a large towel or yoga mat,
as we may be standing, moving, sitting, laying, and leaning in the space as we work together.

Group Size: Limited to 12 participants

Early Bird discount available before 9th July: €150

Cost for weekend: €170

Final Closing Date: Thursday 20th July 2017

To book a place or for further enquires please contact me (Billy) on:


T: 0044 (0) 7717 821 995

A brief biography

Billy Desmond (MSc & Dip.  Gestalt Psychotherapy, Cert Supervision, MBA. UKCP & ECPregistered) .

I am an experienced Gestalt psychotherapist/supervisor and creative embodied practitioner- researcher.  I identify as a queer cis gender man who resides between the Burren, Co. Clare and London.  I am a certified trainer of Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy ( from the Center for Somatic Studies of New York City.

I am a dialogical educator and international trainer of Gestalt psychotherapy and regularly present my work at international conferences. I have co-authored a book Introduction to Gestalt (2012), written chapters for books and numerous papers in various psychotherapy and organisational academic journals on working with groups, embodied learning, spirituality, sustainability and working with issues of gender and sexual diversity.

I am a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy- An International Community ( I am on the Editorial Board of an international journal Gestalt Review. I am researching into embodied and creative ways of working,  which is resulting in thedevelopment of Somaesthetic Group Therapy & Supervision.